Multicultural Education Programs

Kennedy Park Family Literacy

Kennedy Park Family Literacy

The growing linguistic and cultural diversity in Maine is mirrored within Portland’s school settings. With this diversity come a growing number of children of refugees whose native language is not English and who are English Language Learners (ELLs). Kennedy Park (KP) Family Literacy was a visionary program that helped to develop the necessary infrastructure among community partners in Maine while supporting the literacy skills of both ELL parent and child. KP Family Literacy sought to foster the belief that change in the at-home learning environment will have a positive impact on all aspects of life.

KP Family Literacy GOALS:
♦ bridge the connection between home and school by increasing and  
   improving parent’s abilities
   to be their children’s teachers;
♦ increase goal-setting and goal-fulfillment capacities of participating
   families;
♦ enhance school readiness of refugee children;
♦ foster a love of literature and reading for refugee families;
♦ increase literacy skills among ELL parents and their children.

KP Family Literacy solidly integrated and clearly aligned with three educational components:
-   early literacy education at Kennedy Park Head Start;  
-   adult literacy classes at the Kennedy Park English-as-a-Second
    Language (ESL) program;
-   intergenerational literacy education designed to foster a strong,
    interactive collaboration between adult ESL and Head Start students.