Emergent literacy programs for young children are significantly more effective when caregivers are integral components of program delivery. This is particular-ly important when designing programs for vulnerable children such as those with lower academic achievement due to learning and language disabilities, lower so-cioeconomic environments, or learning in a language other than their native language. Including caregivers in program delivery will impact not only the effec-tiveness of the program but also its stability. This exploratory study investigated the efficacy and stability of a summer family literacy program on the reading achievement of 14 four-year-old children completing their pre-kindergarten year. Children were assessed prior to, immediately proceeding, and 6 months following the summer program. The results of the study indicated that children demonstrat-ed significant gains in all aspects of emergent literacy and furthermore, sustained these gains 6 months after the program.
Graham, A., McNamara, J., & VanLankveld, J. (2011) Summer Literacy for Young Vulnerable Learners: A Study of Caregiver Involvement and Program Stability. Exceptionality Education International, 21, 15-27. Retrieved from http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/eei/vol21/iss1/3