Educational Institutions

Literacy Partners

New York, NY

Mission

Literacy Partners' mission is to strengthen families through a two-generation approach to education. With our free classes, low-income, primarily immigrant, parents develop the English language and literacy skills they need to succeed in today's world. Our research-based curriculum integrates this literacy education with child-development support and parenting skills so that our students can pass on their learning to their children, ensuring their children's school readiness and social-emotional growth.

Ruling Year

1973

Principal Officer

Mr. Anthony Tassi

Main Address

75 Maiden Lane Suite 1102

New York, NY 10038 USA

Keywords

family literacy, adult literacy, English language, education, parenting, family empowerment, community building

EIN

51-0180665

 Number

5642671529

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

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Our programs

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English Language and Literacy Classes--for Parents

High School Equivalency Exam Preparation

English Discussion Groups

Supplemental One-to-One Tutoring in Reading and Writing

Books of Their Own

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Our Results

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Number of students enrolled

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

This includes students in our ESOL and high school equivalency classes, as well as our English conversation groups.

Program Quality

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

English Language and Literacy Classes--for Parents

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98 percent of students would recommend our program to a friend or family member.

Benefit to Children

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

English Language and Literacy Classes--for Parents

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85 percent of students report that what they learned in our classes benefited their children, who demonstrated 67% more growth on early childhood development assessments compared to their peers.

Number of books distributed

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Books of Their Own

Context notes

We provide our families with age- and culturally appropriate books each year.

Number of youth who increased their weekly hours of homework/reading

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

English Language and Literacy Classes--for Parents

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English for Parents students report a 50% increase in daily reading with their children.

Number of students showing improvement in test scores

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No target populations selected

Related program

English Language and Literacy Classes--for Parents

Context notes

In 2016, 79 percent of students completing our English for Parents classes graduated to the next level based on a standardized exam, compared to 62 percent in 2015.

Charting Impact

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Literacy Partners envisions a future in which all parents have the tools to achieve success for themselves and a better future for their children. We seek a world in which children grow up in families with access to the resources and support they need to thrive.

Our immediate goal is to ensure families' economic stability and to close the achievement gap for children from low-income immigrant children before they even begin school.

Extensive research shows that low-income New Yorkers who struggle to read, write, or speak in English face daunting barriers in advancing their family's economic security. Low literacy and limited English proficiency not only limit job prospects but make it harder to access health care, education, and other essential resources. Often, significant consequences of parental illiteracy are felt by the next generation: children whose parents cannot read to them, help them with their homework, or interact effectively with teachers and doctors face substantial educational delays.

Parental education plays a critical role in ending multi-generational illiteracy, poverty, and low educational attainment. Therefore, Literacy Partners provides intensive English language and literacy instruction for parents, combined with child-development information and support that helps our adult students promote their children's healthy development and school readiness.

Literacy Partners provides four types of service:
• English for Parents classes (modeled after English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes in three locations
• High school equivalency classes in two locations
• Supplementary English discussion groups in eight locations
• One-to-one volunteer-led tutoring to support students who need extra help.

The centerpiece of our work is the delivery of intensive English language and literacy instruction for parents. We provide a rigorous curriculum that integrates English language, numeracy, and digital literacy with the parenting skills our students need to pass on their learning to their children. Our teachers work to boost students' confidence in using these new skills to achieve goals in the key domains of their lives: parenting, work, health care, finances, and communication with their children's schools.

Our classes are taught by full-time professional educators who are extensively trained in adult literacy, English language instruction, and child development. Unlike typical literacy classes, our classes meet 10 to 12 hours a week over a 36-week academic year. We provide a higher- and a lower-level class for parents to accommodate various literacy levels and language abilities. Lessons focus on written and verbal English language skills, in combination with projects that emphasize family conversation and reading. Our teachers continually coach their students to apply the literacy and language skills learned in the classroom to their lives outside of class and help them gain the confidence they need to navigate New York City's subways, schools, banks, and health care system.

Teachers also coach parents to obtain library cards, email accounts, government identification, and health insurance and teach them to use the internet so that they can access the full range of information needed to succeed as parents, workers, and community members.

Our classes are situated within Head Start preschool locations, which serve high-need, under-served families. Parents drop off their children at Head Start preschool and then just walk down the hall to attend our morning classes. For parents with children who are too young for Head Start, we offer supervised reading and play time for toddlers while our classes are being held.

Based on extensive research showing that having books available at home significantly boosts children's early reading and future academic success, Literacy Partners provides a library of at least 10 age- and culturally appropriate books, yearly, to each of our students' children.

Literacy Partners teachers, who who carry out the fundamental work of our organization, are master's-prepared full-time instructors with expertise in English for speakers of other languages, adult education, and early child development. In addition, two part-time teachers prepare students to take the high-school equivalency test.

A committed corps of volunteers augments the work of our teachers by providing one-to-one tutoring support to our adult students.

Our executive director, Anthony Tassi, came to Literacy Partners from the New York City Mayor's Office of Adult Education, where he worked to strengthen and coordinate the city's adult literacy programs under the Bloomberg Administration. He was previously a health policy advisor for the City of New York, where he came to understand that improving basic literacy of the population would have a considerable impact on health indicators. Anthony is responsible for having redirected the mission of Literacy Partners toward education for low-income immigrant parents to improve the economic stability of two generations. He is the co-creator of the Emmy Award–winning We Are New York video series to help immigrants learn English.

In addition, Literacy Partners' staff features a program director with extensive experience in adult literacy and a data manager, who is committed to ensuring that the organization uses the data we receive from our own assessments and those of our Head Start partners to ensure that programs are continually adjusted based on solid, scientific information.

Literacy Partners is a data-driven organization that collects extensive information on our adults students' progress and that of their children in Head Start programs.

We measure our results using a standardized test of adult English proficiency administered at the start, midpoint, and end of the project year. In addition, teachers routinely monitor and record parents' progress and survey their students about their reading behavior to track changes in how often parents read with their children and how often their children read on their own. We work with our Head Start partners to assess the academic progress of the children whose parents are Literacy Partners students compared with other children in the same Head Start programs.

Literacy Partners relies heavily on data to help us continually evaluate and refine our program. Results to date show that our dual-generation approach is working:

• 94% of our parent-students make measurable academic progress each year, and two-thirds advance to the next academic level. Their confidence in using English to solve problems in everyday contexts, from reading traffic signs to communicating with their children's doctors, increases substantially.
• They transfer the benefits to their children immediately: 62% of parents in our English classes read to their children at least three times a week—a 50% improvement from the start of classes and a key predictor of children's language development and school readiness.
• Most compelling, the children of Literacy Partners students, who tend to start preschool well behind their classmates on most measures, advance at a quicker pace than their peers, making an average of 67% more progress, from the beginning to the end of the year, on early-childhood assessments than than their Head Start peers.

• For students who have taken our high school equivalency classes, 76% pass it, on par with national averages.
• In our student survey, the percentage of parents who felt “not confident at all" speaking English dropped from 31% to 7%.

Our classes go beyond the traditional definition of literacy education, helping parents acquire the skills they need to thrive in New York City, whether navigating the health care system, finances, the school system, transportation, or job searches.

• The percentage of parents with email accounts grew from 57% to 91%.

• 67% of parents reported that their children had library cards—an important gateway to regular reading.

• The percentage of parents who had not taken their children to the library in the past month dropped from 19% to 0%.

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Financials

Literacy Partners

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Organizational Demographics

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Diversity notes from the nonprofit
Literacy Partners students are almost exclusively low-income members of communities of color, particularly including immigrants from Latin American countries and African American adults. Our staff is highly diverse, representing many immigrant communities and in many ways reflecting the communities we serve.