Family Literacy

A Family from our full service community schools

Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island is committed to provide opportunities to Providence school children and their families to work together in a two-generational plan to enhance literacy, maximize learning, and support academic growth within families. 

Our Family Literacy program currently uses the Full Service Community Schools* and the National Center for Family Learning** models.

  • Family Literacy – School-based literacy classes for students’ parents designed to increase adult literacy and to improve parents’ ability to support their children academically.
  • Family Engagement – A multi-pronged approach to engage families and participants in their children’s academic lives as leaders in their child’s school and as advocates for better education in the community.
  • Reading Intervention/Grade Level Reading – The program makes a deliberate effort to ensure that all students read on grade level by third grade.
  • Kindergarten Readiness (Play and Learn) – This part of the program focuses on parents/caregivers as a child’s first teacher facilitating child-direct learning through play.
  • Family Service Care Coordination – Building on the strengths of families, participants are connected with resources that address children’s behavioral challenges to help them achieve long-term results.
  • Out of School Time/Extended Day – Before school, after school and in summer, programs offer targeted academic enrichment connected to school-day instruction and physical fitness.

* Providence Full Service Community Schools, a collaboration between Capital Good Fund, Dorcas International Institute, Family Service of RI, Providence Public Schools, and the YMCA of Greater Providence.

**National Center for Family Learning is supported by a generous grant from Toyota Family Learning Program.