November is National Family Literacy Month



Family With Young Children Reading Book In Playroom TogetherFrom the Colorado Virtual Library blog
By Marisa Wood, Statewide Collaborative Programming Coordinator at Colorado State Library

Over the past several decades, practitioners across the country have recognized the strong correlation between parents’/caregivers’ educational attainment and children’s educational outcomes. Families succeed when they learn together.

Back in 1994, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) worked with Congress to designate November 1 as National Family Literacy Day. Since then, we have joined libraries, schools, and educational programs across the country to celebrate National Family Literacy Month throughout each November.

The month offers an opportunity for practitioners to emphasize the important role that families play in the education of their children. Whether it’s hosting a virtual reading workshop for families in your program or classroom or publicly recognizing families for their efforts during this difficult year, there are many ways to celebrate during this month.

This November, you are invited to take part in 30 Days of Families Learning Together, a guide providing a month’s worth of family literacy activities and practices designed to inspire family memories rooted in imagining, playing, and learning together. Share your activities online using #NationalFamilyLiteracyMonth. You can also subscribe to NCFL’s Hotspot blog or follow them on social media to learn about useful resources and strategies throughout the month.

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