Literacy! It's A Family Affair
DPN believes that the impacts of COVID provides a genuine opportunity to provide innovative and ground-level support to the whole family to equip them with information, tools and tips that help parents and children foster a learning environment in the home. DPN’s whole family, multigenerational approach is applied across all our advocacy and programs. These include our three Powerful Parent Trainings, Support Groups such as Grandparents Parenting Again and Men of DPN, and specialty programs like Pathways to Literacy. Through recent funding by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in the Hope Starts Here initiative and the Fisher Family Foundation and Education Trust Midwest, DPN is able to leverage these funds to particularly support school and community partners in helping parents and children in early literacy from birth into elementary school.
Pathways To Literacy (PTL)
Parent-to-Parent Home Visiting Program
An early childhood parent education program that serves families with children ages 0-5. Pathways to Literacy prepares parents to be their child’s first teacher by giving them the tools, skills and support that they need to ensure their child is ready for school and has a love for reading from an early age. DPN’s Pathways to Literacy homebased program which provides each family a start-up home library and peer to peer coaching is now recognized in the City-Wide 313 Reads Initiative as a Best Practice.
Pathways to Literacy offers families parent education, early literacy coaching, and family support through:
Group Parent workshops and trainings at schools
Reading modeling for parent and child interaction Play groups and programs for your family
Free books at weekly workshop for 4 weeks
Early Childhood Enrichment and Parent Engagement (BQI)
DPN’s BQI Program offers enrichment activities, educational family field trips, and parent support for 16 preschool children and early learning providers in the Brightmoor neighborhood, one of the most distressed communities in Detroit.
In our first grant cycle we engaged approximately 578 adults and 746 children in Quality Educational Field Trips for Families. In our second grant cycle, 1st Qtr Sept 2019 - Dec 2019, we engaged approximately 196 adults and 193 children.
Early Childhood Development, Literacy and Third Grade Reading (3G)
In 2018 DPN was the first to step out to provide awareness workshops for parents and the community on the Third Grade Reading law and the importance of early literacy. DPN has trained Parent Peer to Peer presenters who have helped some 300 families navigate a 3rd Grade Reading website designed for parents by parents. Additionally, DPN also is moving into its third year of providing early childhood enrichment activities, staff development and parent engagement with 14 early care and Pre-school programs in the Brighmoor Community.
Detroit Parent Network works with several organizations as part of a larger effort to increase awareness and usage of childcare subsidy. Partners include: Pritzer Foundation, Early Childhood Investment Council (ECIC), Hope Starts Here, Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Department of Health & Human Services, Michigan League for Public Policy. In partnership with these organizations DPN has organized the following session for parents to help them to stay informed on childcare subsidy requirements and help increase their access to apply.
List of Sessions:
Let’s Connect: Improving the Child Care Subsidy System in Detroit and the State
Let’s Connect: The Truths About Childcare Subsidy
Let’s Connect: Caring for Special Needs Children
Pre-Birth to 5
Let’s Connect: Changes in Childcare Subsidy Due to COVID