Family First of Kaskaskia College Adult Education and Literacy (KC-AEL) Department provides literacy services to families at the Centralia Community Youth Center (CCYC). The program’s mission is to enhance the literacy skills of families in Marion and Clinton counties, whose household consists of a child between the ages of 0-10 and at least a guardian or parent whose reading and/or math skills are below the 9th grade level.
The program consists of adult education, child education, parent education, interactive family activities, and the use of the resources and services at the public library. Once a month, families report to the Centralia Regional Library for integrated library and PACT activities. Parents have the option of obtaining additional adult education hours by enrolling in other literacy and pre-HEC programs hosted by the KC-AEL Department.
Participants receive contextualized and/or integrated instruction related to their activities of daily living and social environment. By focusing on real-life experiences related to the components of the program, parents strengthen their literacy skills as well as become knowledgeable of strategies to maintain or increase their level of self-sufficiency. Consequently, parents learn how to create a safe, balanced environment for their child to learn outside of school.
The program is a collaborative effort of KC-AEL, the Board of Directors of the CCYC, Centralia Regional Library, and the education personnel of Central City Grade School, BCMW Head Start, and Centralia City Schools.