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Apopka Family Learning Center

Apopka Family Learning Center is an inclusive community where children and families of all races, cultures, and walks of life are welcomed. We believe that family and community offer the best support system for healthy social, academic, civic, and ethical development. By offering educational opportunities to the entire family, we create families who value education, self-reliance, and community service.


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GROWS literacy Apopka: GROWS literacy group in Apopka helps immigrants learn English

GROWS literacy Apopka: GROWS literacy group in Apopka helps immigrants learn English | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

Although reading stories to their children can be a chore for some busy parents, Fernanda Chen has plenty of reasons to smile whenever she reads to her two kids.

 

Just two years ago, when she arrived in the U.S. from her native Brazil to join her husband, Chen could barely speak English. She realized quickly that her inability to understand the language could thwart the hopes for professional and academic success she had for herself and her kids: Stephanie, 6, and Cristopher, 4.

 

Then she heard about the Family Literacy Program at the Greater Reading or Writing Skills Literacy Council in Apopka. GROWS, as the council is known, is one of the agencies supported by the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund's Education Matters Campaign. In the GROWS classroom, immigrants learn to read, write and speak English well enough to function in the U.S.

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GOOD Ideas for Cities: Increasing Parental Involvement

GOOD Ideas for Cities: Increasing Parental Involvement | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

Conversations around improving education largely focus on ideas for improving schools and teachers. But it has been proven that dedicated parental involvement is just as important for students. How could a city implement a stronger connection between parents and schools? As part of GOOD Ideas for Cities Cincinnati, the Cincinatives team tackled a challenge to increase parental interaction during one of the most important periods of a student's career—early childhood education. Their program, Home Room, focuses on showing parents that everyday, at-home experiences can turn into learning opportunities. A group of trusted community advocates across the city from churches and nonprofits would serve as advisors, holding workshops and serving as a resource for parents. Additionally, Home Room would create a series of learning tools, from apps to flashcards, which would help parents to add lessons to everyday activities.

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Time with parents is important for teens' well-being

Teenagers are famous for seeking independence from their parents, but research shows that many teens continue to spend time with their parents and that this shared time is important for teens' well-being, according to researchers.

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The Pader Academy: Educating Young Mothers Affected By Uganda's Civil War

With support from the Uganda Fund, the Pader Girls Academy educates girls who have returned to village life after being abducted and forced into marriage or pregnancy during the country's civil war. Learn more at http://bit.ly/KexBem ; via MacArthur Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

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Even Start Family Literacy

Even Start Family Literacy | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

"How can we reach the most predictable teacher for a child - the parent – with the right information to build literacy at home?"  

 

Two literacy programs in Georgia intend to answer that question. The story of Souns and the Even Start Family Literacy Program continues here and can be followed on Twitter @Counterpane

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