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Literacy Quick Guide

OVERVIEW:
The Literacy Quick Guide is for parents and/or children who struggle to understand crucial or basic information.  It can be due to medical reasons (developmental delays), or lack of education. Literacy may be related to ability to read and write, or it may be related to understanding and comprehension of letters and printed material. 

GOAL:
The goal of the Literacy Quick Guide is to assist clients in finding resources that will increase their literacy levels, whether this is learning a new language or encouraging the love of reading in a child.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS:

  • As children grow and develop they are at a prime time to begin developing literacy skills that will last a lifetime. Parent’s literacy skills and their active involvement in teaching their children literacy skills is the most important component in teaching a child language and reading skills.  For more information on childhood literacy and tips on how to improve literacy skills in children, see the Youth Literacy learning resources.
  • Currently there are around 93 million Americans who have basic or below basic literacy levels. What is known about adult literacy is that it can directly affect one’s ability to earn a living and escape poverty, as well as to improve the literacy skills of children. For more information, see the Adult Literacy Fact Sheet.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
Even literate adults can fall short on their health literacy; which can have a direct negative impact on their health status with higher rates of chronic illness and poorer communication with physicians. For more information, see the Health Literacy Facts.
Individuals without at least a high school diploma are more likely to have lower literacy skills. This also impacts their income economic potential, with lower wages and higher rates of unemployment. For more information, see the Literacy, Jobs and the Economy.

TAKE ACTION:
For community resources to help individuals and families enhance their literacy skills, see the Literacy Resource Tool.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Family Literacy Fact Sheet