Community LearningFamily/community learning is sometimes referred
to as Parent Education and PACT (parent and child
together) Time.   However, for many adults “Parent
Education” implies a couple of bad things: 1) that we are
going to tell them “how” to parent and 2) that we feel
they need that advice.  Another danger is that educators
begin to believe that if we just tell parents the “secrets”
to being better parents, they will 
be better parents

However, research shows that parents become better
parents when they have more money, education, ex-
perience, and time.  So at Racine Family Literacy we
call it “family/community learning” and what we try to do
is to help them 1) raise their literacy level, 2) get better
jobs, and in the meantime 3) learn what resources the
community provides to ensure their family gets the health,
social,
 and educational services they need:

 

  • Prevent Blindness of Wisconsin, Inc. visits to provide vision

screenings and referrals

 

  • Families visit Racine Public Library to get library cards and learn about services and RPL staff visits our literacy site

to provide story times

 

  • Staff  from community agencies like the Racine Housing Department, Educators Credit  Union, and UW-Extension   

visit to talk about  home buying, money/credit, and nutrition

 

  • Public health nurses visit to varnish teeth and work with RFL staff to ensure all children get needed dental services


And, most importantly, we try to find opportunities for families, especially children,
to expand their horizons:

  • We join families in celebrating their culture, strengths and knowledge.  

A Day of the Dead celebration looks a lot like a Halloween Party, but
may also include grave displays and other traditions we do not associate
with the day.

 

  • We take children to places where they’ve never been and introduce them

to activities they’ve never done.

 

  • We do things like reading challenges that reward parents for practicing good 

behaviors.

 

  • Education that explains why such things as reading with your child are

good, rather than just saying you are a good parent if you do these things and 
not a good parent if you don’t.