The literacy CLC is rooted in the belief that reading, writing, and comprehension are the core foundations of learning. For students to reach their full potential, they must be systematically taught using the five core elements of reading instruction: Comprehension, Fluency, Vocabulary, Phonics, and Phonemic Awareness. Unfortunately, across California, less than half of students are at or above level in reading, and access to research-based reading instruction is inconsistent at best. Even worse, between the pressures of the pandemic, rising inflation, and the inequities our community has always faced, it has become increasingly hard for families to access literature and tutoring services to support their children’s literacy development.
The initial step is a series of trainings for families on supporting literacy development at home. The sessions will empower families to engage with their child’s teacher to gather vital information on reading progress and related resources to build skills at home. We are working to prepare families to continue reading development over the summer, minimizing the learning gap seen after long school breaks.