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CENTER PRAISES FAMILY LITERACY
Parents honored for learning and mentoring
UIC Family Start Learning Center will recognize area Head Start
and Child Care parents for their commitment to lifelong learning
and education at its annual recognition breakfast.
250 parents, UIC faculty, Chicago Department of Human Services
and Head Start staff will attend the breakfast. Other participants
Shanahan, director, UIC Center for Literacy
Chou, dean, UIC College of Education
Vazquez, commissioner, Chicago Department of Human Services
Smith, director, children's services, Chicago Department of
Meehan, assistant director, UIC Center for Literacy
Breakfast 9:30-10 a.m.
Program 10-11 a.m.
Chicago Circle Center, Illinois Room
750 S. Halsted St.
UIC Family Start Learning Center's annual parent recognition breakfast
will recognize parents who have enrolled in the center's programs
to develop their own skills (basic reading skills, GED prep, computer
training, career and education planning, English as a second language),
and participate in family literacy programs to support their children's
education and literacy development.
"Parent involvement in their children's education is essential,
and this program is providing the finest parent education in the
city," said Timothy Shanahan, director of the UIC Center for Literacy,
one of the program partners. "Parents expand their own literacy
skills for the workplace and they learn how to help their kids do
well in school."
Under Shanahan, the UIC Center for Literacy and the Chicago Department
of Human Services joined forces in 1996 to expand the Family Start
Learning Center programs. Shanahan has been recognized for his teaching
and community-service efforts. He co-developed a nonproprietary
family literacy program with Flora Rodriguez-Brown, UIC professor
of education, that was selected as an "Academic Excellence Program"
by the U.S. Department of Education.