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Family Literacy is a term that describes intergenerational learning, where parents and children – or other adults and children – learn together. Strategies used in family literacy combine the effects of early childhood literacy interventions, early parenting interventions, adult literacy, and enhanced parental/adult support. Family literacy draws from academic traditions such as adult literacy, emergent literacy, special education, early childhood development, cognitive psychology and parental education.
An example of our work in Family Literacy is Project Healthy Grandparents, run by Dr. Susan Kelly in the School of Nursing and Health Professions. Project Healthy Grandparents is a community-based research program that tests the efficacy of an interdisciplinary intervention to improve the well-being of families where grandparents are raising their grandchildren in parent-absent households. Sometimes grandparents need help with their own literacy skills and are referred to adult literacy programs. Increasing grandparent literacy skills helps them be better able to care for themselves and their families.