Backed by a state learning grant, a new Parkland College family tutoring program has launched this month and is seeking new volunteer tutors and families.
Project READ's Parent and Family Learning Lab, part of the Penny Severns Family Learning Grant, is being cosponsored with the Champaign Public Library Douglass Branch and Champaign Unit 4 Community Schools to offer tutoring and library services to area families.
Once a week, families come together for a meal, parent and child activities, and tutoring. The children will be tutored in literacy, language and numeracy by certified teachers, while their parents will be tutored in math, literacy and ESL by trained Project READ tutors.
The program includes a monthly library-skills evening workshop to help families best use their local libraries. Families will also have the opportunity to take part in Healthy Beginnings and ParentComm University activities provided by the Center for Family and Community Engagement in Unit 4 Schools.
The Parent and Family Learning Lab takes place Mondays from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Stratton Elementary School, with the library workshops being held at the CPL Douglass Branch. Parents and adult family member participants must live with a child who goes to a Unit 4 school, be at least 17 years old, and be seeking ESL or Adult Basic Ed services (below high school level).
Project READ is holding a training session for new volunteer tutors Sept. 28 at the Adult Education Department. Those who want to work with adults on ESL, literacy or math in any and all tutoring sites are invited to sign up at signupgenius.com/go/60b0c49a5a728a6ff2-tutor1.
For more information, please call Project READ at 217/353-2662 or projectREAD@parkland.edu.