The emerging field of family literacy, which cuts across early childhood education, early literacy development, parent education, adult education, and parent-child literacy interactions, has never had a comprehensive volume that pulls together and integrates its many interacting components. That is the mission of this handbook. It provides scholars, students, policymakers, and practitioners (both inside and outside the field) with an invaluable snapshot of its current boundaries and rapidly growing content. With contributions from experts in each of its component fields, it provides an up-to-date picture of existing family literacy programs, of the research and theories that guide these programs, of current issues, and of likely future directions. Key features of this outstanding new book include the following:

*Comprehensive--Whereas many books deal with various components of this broad and loosely coupled field, until now there has never been a book that profiles and integrates its overlapping component fields.

*Recommendations for Practice--Information essential to the development of curriculum and instructional strategies is integrated throughout the book. Practical guidance is offered in such diverse and intersecting areas as early literacy, the role of literature and storybook reading in literacy learning, adult learning needs and strategies, and professional development.

*Cultural and Family Influences--The book examines cultural and family influences on literacy practices and provides effective ways of responding to family diversity, including the needs of bilingual and immigrant participants.

*Program Implementation--Program recommendations cover such distinct topics as integrating the curriculum, enriching early childhood classrooms, enhancing parent-child literacy interactions, and coordinating with other agencies.

*Assessment--To promote future research and evaluation, attention has been focused on ways of assessing children, adults, the educational setting, and implementation strategies.

This book is intended for professionals (directors and staff) and graduate students in the areas of family literacy, early childhood education, child development, parenting, and adult education, as well as researchers and policymakers in child development and family literacy.

part I|2 pages

Overview of Family Literacy: Development, Concepts, and Practice

chapter 1|20 pages

Family Literacy: History, Concepts, Services

ByBarbara Hanna Wasik, Suzannah Herrmann

chapter 2|18 pages

Family Literacy in England: Theory, Practice, Research, and Policy

ByPeter Hannon, Viv Bird

part II|4 pages

Children and Early Childhood Education Within Family Literacy Programs

chapter 3|12 pages

Earliest Literacy: From Birth to Age 3

ByJoseph Sparling

chapter 4|26 pages

Emergent Literacy Skills and Family Literacy

ByChristopher J. Lonigan

chapter 5|18 pages

Use of Literature in the Home and at School

ByLesley Mandel Morrow, Jessica Temlock-Fields

chapter 6|16 pages

Family Literacy as the Site for Emerging Knowledge of Written Language

ByVictoria Purcell-Gates

chapter 7|20 pages

Early Childhood Intervention in Family Literacy Programs

ByAllison Sidle Fuligni, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn

chapter 8|18 pages

High-Quality Classrooms: A Key Ingredient to Family Literacy Programs’ Support for Children’s Literacy

ByDavid K. Dickinson, Robert G. St.Pierre, and Julia Pettengill

part III|2 pages

Parenting and Parent Education

chapter 9|18 pages

Parenting Education in Family Literacy Programs

ByDouglas R. Powell

chapter 10|18 pages

Relationships Among Children and Adults and Family Literacy

ByRobert C. Pianta

chapter 11|20 pages

Parent and Child Together Time

ByKim Jacobs

chapter 12|18 pages

Project Flame: A Parent Support Family Literacy Model

ByFlora V. Rodrı´guez-Brown

part IV|2 pages

Adult Education

chapter 13|20 pages

The Process and Content of Adult Education in Family Literacy Programs

ByJohn P. Comings

chapter 14|18 pages

Understanding Adult Education in the Context of Family Literacy

ByJudith A. Alamprese

chapter 15|14 pages

Workforce Literacy and Technology in Family Literacy Programs

ByEunice N. Askov

part V|2 pages

The Home Environment and Home Services

chapter 16|18 pages

Resources, Family Literacy, and Children Learning to Read

ByKathleen A. Roskos, Sandra Twardosz

chapter 17|24 pages

Home Literacy Experiences of Latino Families

ByCarol Scheffner Hammer, Adele W. Miccio

chapter 18|18 pages

Home Visiting and Family Literacy Programs

ByDonna Bryant, Barbara Hanna Wasik

part VI|2 pages

Coordination and Integration Issues in Family Literacy

chapter 19|24 pages

Integration of Components in Family Literacy Services

ByMeta Potts

chapter 20|26 pages

Integrating Services for Family Literacy

ByGloria L. Harbin, Suzannah Herrmann, Barbara Hanna Wasik, Dionne R. Dobbins, Wendy K. Lam

part VII|2 pages

Diversity and Culture

chapter 21|26 pages

Family Literacy and Culture

ByVivian L. Gadsden

chapter 22|22 pages

An Ecocultural Perspective on Early Literacy: Avoiding the Perils of School for NonMainstream Children

ByLynne Vernon-Feagans, Darlene Head-Reeves, Kirsten Kainz

chapter 23|18 pages

We Are the World: Serving Language-Minority Adults in Family Literacy Programs

ByHeide Spruck Wrigley

chapter 24|16 pages

Family Literacy for ESOL Families: Challenges and Design Principles

ByJohn Strucker, Catherine Snow, Barbara Alexander Pan

part VIII|2 pages

Assessment and Evaluation

chapter 26|22 pages

Early Childhood Assessment and Family Literacy

ByPeter Johnston, Elizabeth Yanoff

chapter 27|26 pages

Standardized Assessments of Children’s Emergent Literacy Skills

ByChristopher J. Lonigan, Kimberly D. McDowell, Beth M. Phillips

chapter 28|16 pages

Evaluating Parent Participation and Outcomes in Family Literacy Programs: Cultural Diversity Considerations

ByDouglas Powell, Lynn Okagaki, Kathryn Bojczyk

chapter 29|20 pages

Assessment of Adult Literacy Skills

ByBarbara Van Horn, Lori Forlizzi

chapter 30|14 pages

Continuous Improvement in Family Literacy Programs

ByRobert G. St.Pierre, Anne E. Ricciuti, and Fumiyo Tao

part IX|2 pages

What the Future May Bring

chapter 31|14 pages

Future Directions for Family Literacy

BySharon Darling