Increasing Parent Engagement in Children's Literacy: A Needs Assessment to Inform the Design of Parent Engagement Efforts

Today, 1 in 10 youth globally are unable to read and write. People who struggle with literacy are more likely to live in poverty, have difficulty finding a job, and miss out on opportunities to participate fully in society. One key ingredient needed to tackle this global challenge is greater parent and caregiver engagement – research shows that positive parent engagement at home and in school can lead to improved literacy outcomes, but parents often need support engaging effectively in their children’s learning. Today more than ever, as parents take on a greater role in their children’s education during school closures, literacy practitioners must act in close partnership with parents.

A new guide from CEI, Increasing Parent Engagement in Children’s Literacy, aims to address the challenge by helping literacy practitioners better understand the various factors affecting parent engagement in children’s literacy and co-design more informed parent engagement programs.

The tool includes a series of questionnaires to guide users in assessing the broader literacy context, home learning environment, and caregiver experience in communities where they work. Created and piloted by literacy organizations, this unique evidence-based guide is infused with the experiences of literacy practitioners working in diverse country and cultural contexts with decades of experience engaging parents.

It was developed for literacy practitioners who design, implement, and evaluate parent engagement programs, particularly those who engage low- or non-literate populations. While tailored to literacy practitioners, the tool has wide relevance for education practitioners looking to increase parent engagement.

View and download the guide above.

Or learn more about the guide and its relevance during COVID times, by visiting the launch blog post below.