Parent literacy together

Welcome to parent literacy together

Attention parents! 

We want to help you:

  • Feel empowered in learning activities at home with your child.
  • Learn specific methods to support your children’s literacy skills.
  • Boost your home literacy environment.

Parent Literacy Together is a multigenerational learning program that helps parents become more engaged in their children’s learning. Weekly sessions include fun activities that will empower parents to become more confident “first teachers” of their children. Registered parents can receive a “Your Home School” kit, filled with age-appropriate books, learning activities, and other supplies to help create fun learning experiences with children.  

Free On-site Childcare

Introducing the Little Scholars Child Development Center! Through this partnership with Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan, we now offer free childcare for ages 0-4 for children of parents who are studying with us. The center is staffed by Mr. Mike, a trained Early Learning Specialist, and features lots of fun activities so kids can enjoy learning while their parents learn.

Weekly Classes

Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. in person at 420 E. Alcott St. or online with Kamaria. 

Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Online only with Kenya.  This special 8-week session called “You Matter Too,” is dedicated to expanding parents’ knowledge of emotional stability:  

  • It will provide learners with the tools to manage everyday stressors and teach the skills to grow within themselves and as a parent.
  • The learners will be able to fulfill their children’s needs both emotionally and mentally, and show how to be a good role model. 
  • They will also be able to teach their children the skills learned in the course, such as self-love, patience, and the importance of communication.
  • Parents will leave this course able to convey the knowledge to their children and the confidence to know that they matter too.

Meet your evening instructor:

Hi, I am Kenya Davis. I love collaborating with the community and making positive changes to the livelihood of those around me. My biggest goal in life is to positively impact my community and to create a space where others can learn and grow. I support my goals by furthering my education. I have a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University, majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology and Addiction Studies. I am currently attending Western Michigan University in pursuit of a Master’s in Social Work. When I am not keeping busy with school you can find me spending time with my family or digging into an enjoyable book.

Call Kamaria at (269) 382-0490 ext. 263 or email [email protected] to sign up for Parent Literacy classes. 

family literacy day

The newly upgraded Read and Seed Community Garden and Interpretive Learning Center is our awesome outdoor classroom in a beautiful garden setting. An enthusiastic crowd of learners, volunteers, and program partners joins us each month for literacy-themed activities as we celebrate family literacy, healthy living, and multigenerational learning. Click the links below to learn more:
 

harvest fest

We loved welcoming learners and their families in the Read and Seed community garden and Intepretitive Learning Center for fun times and literacy activities, as we celebrate the harvest. Everyone enjoyed the pumpkin painting, literacy obstacle course, music, storytime, scarecrow station, food, and much more. View the photo gallery below and we’ll see you next summer in the garden!  

get involved!

These monthly online meetings are the perfect place to have your voice heard. We want you, as parent leaders, to tell us what you need to be successful. What do you love about our programs? What do you need more of? Is there something we’re missing? With your strong voices, we can better serve you. You will also have the opportunity to connect with other parents who want to share their ideas and participate in parent-led programs based around your passions.

monthly forum

Parent Literacy Forum

Parents work with experts to learn about literacy activities that can help their children succeed. During these monthly online meetings, parents learn more about our program and other services. Tutors are welcome to come share experiences and learn new strategies for multigenerational learning. 

4th Fridays, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Program partners include Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan, Talking is Teaching, and the WMU Dorothy McGinnis Reading Center and Clinic. Parent Literacy Together is supported in part by Shared Prosperity Kalamazoo, the Harold and Grace Upjohn Foundation, the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, the Marvin and Rosalie Okun Foundation, and the Wisner Family Foundation.  

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Kalamazoo Literacy Council is a member organization of ProLiteracy. 

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