One factor that has been instrumental in our success is our strategy to integrate and align the Four Pillars of Family Literacy. The most effective family literacy programs integrate parent education, Parent and Child Together Time®, early childhood education, and adult education (Askov, 2002). Research has shown that adults who have a higher level of education tend to not only become productive citizens with enhanced social and economic capacity in a society (Bowen,1997), but their children are more likely to be successful in school (Woessmann, 2004). Literate parents are better able to support the learning of their children (Sheridan, Knoche, Edwards, Bovaird, & Kupzyk, 2010).
Grace Place believes that in order to make a lasting impact on a family, as many family members as possible need to be included. Research shows that when the entire family is involved, it positively affects family interactions, child development, a sense of community, parent and child’s literacy skills, and parenting skills (Carroll, 2017).