Family Involvement and Literacy

Kellie RomanyMission & Outcomes, Parents, Programs

Family Involvement and Literacy

Family involvement increases children’s positive feelings about literacy, which in turn improves their literacy performance. WITS understands the importance of family when it comes to creating opportunities for every student in Chicago to be literate. This November WITS is excited to celebrate National Family Literacy Month, an opportunity to remind our community of the importance of family when it comes to literacy.

Why Is It Important For Families to Read Together?
How WITS Activates Families

WITS activates students’ families by providing caregivers with ways to engage with activities their children are participating in at WITS. Here are some examples of ways WITS activates families:

  • WITSK, Mid-Day Mentoring, and Workplace Mentoring Summer Books Family Reading Kits.
    • WITS created family reading kits to go along with the five summer books WITS students are gifted at their end-of-year celebrations. These kits included a letter from the team on the front, a reading log on the inside, and summer reading tips on the back. The Mid-Day Mentoring reading kit featured a journal recap guide reviewing the skills students worked on throughout the year. Program staff members and volunteers encouraged students to use this kit during the summer while reading by themselves, with their parents, and even with younger siblings.
  • ECSP weekly newsletters
    • This year the program team created weekly newsletters for the Early Childhood Summer Program. These newsletters briefed parents on what their students learned during the week—such as practicing the different parts of a book and the weekly fairy tales students read. The newsletters also included ideas for parents to try while reading with their children. Students brought the newsletters home with a new book every week. 89.1% of parents said they found these helpful in establishing literacy practices at home with their children.

Reading to children is important to establish a love of learning and a positive attitude towards reading and family involvement can play a crucial role in this. Setting the foundation that reading is fun at an early age can make a huge impact on a student’s educational growth. National Family Literacy Month is a great reminder to invest in the time to read with your family. 


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to the homes of students and classrooms of Rochelle Lee Teacher Awardees each year.

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of literacy mentorship each year in Chicago Public Schools.