The Patrick-Murray Administration has proclaimed November to be the Commonwealth's 16th annual Family Literacy Month in recognition of the pivotal role that parents and family members play in the educational success of their children.
"We know that children who can read by third grade have a better chance to succeed in their adult lives," said Governor Deval Patrick. "Family engagement is a critical part of developing those literacy skills which is why we are committed to partnering with parents and families to provide the best chance for our children to succeed in the 21st century global economy."
In celebration of Family Literacy Month, communities across the state will host activities throughout November in support of literacy, lifelong learning, and family-well being.
"We need to encourage student learning experiences inside and outside of the classroom," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, Chair of the Governor's Advisory Council on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). "By promoting family literacy, we are encouraging more families to dedicate time to help all children develop strong literacy skills today for future academic success."
Family Literacy Month is sponsored by the Massachusetts Family Literacy Consortium (MFLC), a group comprised of state agencies, community organizations, parents, and providers to expand and strengthen family literacy and support.
"Literacy starts at home, so we are happy to promote Family Literacy Month as one way to help reinforce lessons learned at school that will help students continue their learning," said Secretary Paul Reville. "An excellent education requires excellent literacy skills and we are all committed to ensuring students have access to instruction that prepares them for success."