Even Start Statewide Family Literacy Initiative

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Name of the Project

Massachusetts Family Literacy Consortium (MFLC)

Grantee Contact

Bob Bickerton, Administrator

Massachusetts Department of Education

350 Main Street

Malden, MA 02148-5023

Tel: (781) 338-3800 and Fax: (781) 338-3394

Even Start Statewide Family Literacy Coordinator

Kathleen Rodriguez, MFLC Coordinator

Massachusetts Department of Education

350 Main Street

Malden, MA 02148-5023

Tel: (781) 338-3846 and Fax: (781) 338-3394

E-mail: krodriquez@doe.mass.edu

Even Start Statewide Family Literacy Initiative Project Goals

  • To develop individual State agency action plans
  • To develop and implement family literacy training modules
  • To support the continuum of stages – from awareness to acceptance to action to incorporation
  • To gauge the effect of Massachusetts Family Literacy Consortium efforts using the baseline evaluation and family literacy scale
  • To increase targeted policy and resource support in five local communities to facilitate comprehensive community-wide collaborations
  • To increase family literacy training
  • To disseminate family literacy materials and resources

Project Description

The Massachusetts Family Literacy Consortium (MFLC) was formed in 1996 as part of the Building State Alliances project. The strategy developed under that project was to strengthen, expand and institutionalize family literacy throughout the State of Massachusetts. Under the Even Start Statewide Family Literacy Initiative, Massachusetts will increase its emphasis on activities that are focused and targeted to measurable outcomes through the implementation of the goals listed above. The other key consortium effort will be to forge a key collaboration with the Reading and Literacy Partnership created under the Reading Excellence Act.

Invitational Priorities

  • Using research on reading and literacy in program planning
  • Implementing a professional development plan for staff
  • Increasing the intensity of family literacy activities for school-age children (up to 7 years old)
  • Improving local evaluation methods and practices
  • Absolute Priority: Family Literacy Performance Indicators

 
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