The Power of Moms

If you can read this sentence, you just might have your mother to thank for it. If you have achieved academic and career success, mom – again – probably gets a lot of the credit. That’s because, according to research funded by the National Institutes of Health, a mother’s reading skill is the greatest determinant of her children’s future academic success, outweighing other factors such as neighborhood and family income

Researchers concluded that programs to boost the academic achievement of children might be more successful if they also provided adult literacy education to parents. “The findings indicate that programs to improve maternal literacy skills may provide an effective means to overcome the disparity in academic achievement between children in poor and affluent neighborhoods,” said Rebecca Clark, Ph.D., chief of the Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the NIH institute that funded the study.

Vita is addressing this need with its Family Literacy program. Family Literacy is a program to assist parents, primarily mothers, in gaining the literacy and parenting skills they need to become full partners in the educational development of their children through family-centered education programming.

Vita partners with the Centennial and Bristol Township school districts, Head Start, and Bucks County Free Library to deliver this model program. Family Literacy classes are located at the Centennial Administration Building in Warminster and Bristol Township Administration Building in Bristol.