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Family Literacy

Children’s literacy levels are strongly linked to their parents’ literacy levels, especially their mothers. Many parents do not have the academic skills needed to help their children with school. Show legislators how adult and family literacy helps parents be their child’s first teacher.


Family and Neighborhood Sources of Socioeconomic Inequality in Children’s Achievement
Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health concluded that a mother's reading skill is the greatest determinant of her children’s future academic success, outweighing other factors, such as neighborhood and family income. Improving mothers' literacy skills may be best way to boost children's achievement. The analysis, performed by Narayan Sastry, Ph.D., of the University of Michigan, and Anne R. Pebley, Ph.D., of the University of California, Los Angeles, examined data on more than 3,000 families. The report can be downloaded from Demography.

Research and Reports

Statistics on the Impact of Family Literacy
From the National Center for Family Literacy, find quick citations on the impact of family literacy as it pertains to education, the workforce, health, incarceration, reading, and English language learners.

Economic and Noneconomic Outcomes for GED Credential Recipients
Economic and Noneconomic Outcomes for GED Credential Recipients provides evidence on the outcomes of those who earned the GED. On the economic outcomes, this study examines labor force participation, work history, weekly wage, and personal income. On the noneconomic outcomes, this study looks into political and social participation, family literacy, and health. For a full listing of GED Testing Service research and reports, visit the GED Testing Service Research Studies web page.

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