PROGRAM: Motheread

Presented by:
Northern Marianas Humanities Council
Local Partner: K-12 Institutions, Libraries, Nonprofits, Other Subject: Literacy, Professional Development, Varies Audience: All, Children and Families

Motheread is a nationally-acclaimed family literacy program that combines the teaching of literacy skills with child development and family empowerment challenges.  Parents and children learn to use the power of language to discover more about themselves, their families, and their communities.

The Council introduced the Motheread Program in the Commonwealth in 1998 and has administered it over the years with financial support from a variety of donors and the volunteer service of dedicated members of the community.

Participants who successfully complete the course are given completion certificates, complimentary books, and book bags.  Program venues include elementary school libraries, Head Start and Community centers, and the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library.  The program was also successfully introduced to child care providers in association with the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs.

In addition to the classic Motheread format, the program staff have developed a new version for teachers called Teacheread which has been offered for the past several years. Teacheread is modeled on the Story Exploring component.