Clare Family Learning Project (2000)

Family Literacy has been used as an umbrella term to describe a wide variety of literacy intervention programmes that include an inter-generational focus in their design and delivery… In particular, the term Family Literacy has been used to describe a specific type of programme initiative, which attempts to break the inter-generational cycle of school failure and under – education by focusing on parents and children simultaneously, providing both adult basic skills and early childhood education. These family literacy programmes emphasise that parents are their children’s first and most important teachers, and that they should be encouraged and supported in this role. Central to the aims of a family literacy programme is the development of real partnerships between parents, children and teachers which will promote the learning potential of both the home and school environments. Family Learning Resource Pack (p10:2000).