FOUR PILLARS OF FAMILY LITERACY
PARENT AND CHILD TOGETHER
During Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time®, parents and children interact through meaningful activities while teachers are able to coach and support parents by modeling and encouraging. The child drives the activities, but the parents learn how to follow their lead and foster learning. The reciprocal learning provides parents and children a chance to become lifelong partners in education.
PACT time builds the parent’s confidence in implementing newly learned best practices to engage their child in learning. This is key to improving their home learning environment. When parents use the skills, strategies, and materials in their homes, we see the greatest improvement in their child’s development. The home learning environment has the greatest influence on a child’s success in school, even more than attending a high-quality preschool or the education of the mother (Melhuish, Phan, Sylva, Sammons, Siraj-Blatchford, & Tarrart, 2008).