Column: Family literacy improves learning The Detroit News By Sharon Darling You can see the pride in Lourdes Valdivia’s eyes when she talks about her…
The English Language Learners Program (ELLP) is a literacy initiative focused on non-English-speaking families. Southwest Counseling Solutions runs the program at four elementary schools in southwest Detroit. The English Language Learners Program serves families with children in pre-kindergarten through third grade. It not only teaches parents English, it allows parents to spend time in their children’s classroom to help them with schoolwork. Parents both learn with their children and learn to support their children’s learning. Supportive child care services are provided for siblings of pre-K – 3 children centered on pre-literacy and early childhood education.
Southwest Solutions’ English Language Learners Program (ELLP) serves low-income non-English-speaking families with children in pre-kindergarten through third grade. The families we serve typically come to us with little literacy in English.
Parents attend 4 or 5 half-day sessions per week. During adult education classes, parents learn English using the same curriculum as their children, so that parents will be prepared to help with their children‘s homework. For 30-45 minutes a day, parents sit in and experience firsthand their child’s classroom or after-school program.
Our ELLP program currently operates at four schools:
We also offer supportive child care programming for siblings of the children in the ELLP program. The program enables young children to become “ready to learn” before entering kindergarten. Its mission is to help parents become full partners in the education of their children, and to help children reach their full potential as learners.
Regular developmental screening in the early years makes sure that children are on track, and helps identify areas where additional support may be needed. Families with children between the ages of 2 months and 5 years of age residing in Wayne County can complete a FREE Ages and Stages (ASQ-3) developmental screening. It only takes a few minutes to complete and a developmental screening specialist will follow up with an individualized email to offer supports and resources. Click on the link below to get started now!
95.7% of the full participants (150+ hours) felt they had accomplished their goals