Family Learning Demonstration Program
The program supports a parent's role in their child's education. Completing two years of Family Learning classes gives parents the skills they need to navigate our school system and help their children succeed in school.
Parents take up to seven hours of classes and workshops weekly. Specially trained navigators work with families, monitoring their progress and making home visits. ESL instructors help parents gain new English skills to communicate with teachers and help their children with homework.
Four consecutive years of independent program evaluations validate the significant impact of our Family Learning demonstration program. In the most recent annual report, independent evaluators confirmed "students whose parents have participated in the programming at LCCSO* are making strong academic gains." Learn about UNMC evaluations and see results.
* Learning Community Center of South Omaha
Limited English proficiency combined with family poverty often leaves children in academic danger. Over the last 10 years, Latino families living in poverty in the Omaha metro area tripled. The latest achievement scores confirm the impact of poverty on student achievement.
NeSA Reading Not Proficient
4th Grade FRL 3 out 10 students
11th Grade FRL 5 out of 10 students
SOURCE: American Community Survey, 2009-2014; Nebraska Dept. of Education State of the Schools report, 2014-2015
Research shows Family Learning leads to better test scores, improved attendance and stronger vocabulary. Our early outcomes confirm significant gains:
- Student improvement in reading, writing and math
- More positive family interactions
- Home routines that support learning
- Increased parent involvement
To evaluate the long-term impact of Family Learning on student achievement, we follow the progress of children and families. Our key indicators include assessments of student proficiency starting in grade 3.
With our community center at capacity since opening, the Learning Community is now expanding with satellite programs. Adapting the program allows us to explore ways to integrate the program in school communities.
Apr. 2012 Classes begin in temporary space
Oct. 2013 Community center opens in former South Omaha library
Nov. 2014 1st satellite program in Educare/Indian Hill Elementary
Jan. 2015 2nd satellite in Educare/Indian Hill Elementary
Aug. 2015 1st in-school satellite program at Gateway Elementary
Sept. 2015 Center named a White House Bright Spot in Hispanic Education
Jan. 2017 Selected to join the Aspen Institute Ascend Two-Generation Partnership Network
Community Center 200 families
Gateway Elementary 15-30 families
Educare/Indian Hill 30-60 families
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Our latest program evaluations show that taxpayers are getting a strong return on their investment.
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