Family ESL Program

The  Family ESL Program is a full family educational program where each family member is taking steps out of poverty through education. Provides early literacy elements for children three months-preK, 3rd grade reading support and academic support and recreational programming for children K-8th grade. Parents and grandparents study ESL (English as a Second Language). Job readiness is also provided. 

WHEN: Tuesday/Thursday nights for 3 hours, October-April.

WHY: This program was developed in 2008 in direct response to concerns of parents of our summer lunch program that their children were falling behind in school and as parents couldn’t help their children with their homework due to their own language barriers, illiteracy, lack of education, difficult work schedules and/or lack of technology in their homes. By definition, parents facing poverty cannot afford to hire and pay for educational support outside of school for their struggling children. Parents facing poverty within this program tell us that this no cost program offering educational support, helping their whole multi-generational family, in one place at the same time take steps out of poverty, is a unique and life changing resource.  We know that children do well when their parents do well and parents do better in a supportive community- we are working at all three levels with this program.  Also, the number one way to increase a family’s financial situation (for whom English is not their first language) is to teach the parents English (Dr. Manuel Pastor Univ. S. California).

FAMILY ESL PROGRAM 2016-2017 COMMUNITY IMPACT

  • 227 Adults Registered (94 on waiting list)
  • 270 Children Registered (42 on waiting list)
  • 204 Families Registered
  • 31 Nationalities Represented
  • 1,265 Meals Served to Children
  • 142 Adult Volunteers
  • 70 Teen Volunteers

CHECK BACK IN SEPTEMBER 2017 FOR INFORMATION ON REGISTERING, VOLUNTEERING AND MORE!