PROGRAM: Motheread/Fatheread

Presented by:
Humanities Guåhan
National Partner: NEH Local Partner: Colleges and Universities, K-12 Institutions, Libraries, Nonprofits, Other Subject: Literacy, Professional Development Audience: All, Children and Families

Humanities Guahan established the Motheread/Fatheread program in 2000 to encourage family reading and improve literacy on Guam. Teams of trained facilitators teach a curriculum that uses children’s books and interactive lesson plans to help adults build essential skills and incite a love for reading. The program strengthens and supports adult literacy and critical thinking through reading and writing, reflective listening and speaking, and fun activities to do at home. The Motheread/Fatheread program targets “underserved” community members, includiung those who are incarcerated, economically disadvantaged, and recent immigrants with limited English skills. Themes within the multicultural selection of books and activities highlight child development and family empowerment.

With ten years of grant support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Guam Community College through the Workforce Investment Act, Title II, Adult Education and Family Literary Act, Humanities Guahan has partnered with over 53 nonprofit organizations, schools, government agencies and village mayors to reach over 2,500 adults and their families through the program. Recently, new grant support has come from Big Brother, Big Sister Guam and WestCare Pacific Islands that is helping to further promote the goal of reaching as many families as possible in the island.