The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL)’s family literacy model has seen success in southwestern Detroit with improved attendance and reading and writing skills among elementary students and their parents. 

As part of a Social Innovation Fund project with partners Southwest Counseling Solutions and United Way for Southeastern Michigan, NCFL’s Family Literacy program holds meetings in classrooms in four public elementary schools. Each day, parents attend classes on site and spend 30 minutes in their child’s classroom. They also develop and carry out a service oriented learning project with their children.

Detroit parent Brenda Cienfuegos says her participation in the NCFL program has helped her daughters feel more comfortable in school. “My oldest daughter Emily had been crying for the past two years because she didn’t want to go to school and I had a hard time taking her to school every day. When I started the program she changed completely. Emily felt safe and she was content knowing that I was at school. This was as reassuring to her as it was to me,” Cienfuegos says.

Read the full blog post on the Attendance Works website.

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