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Family Storyteller

The Family Storyteller Workshops

The Family Storyteller is a family literacy program aimed at getting parents and children together around literacy and language activities. The program is aimed at encouraging and training parents to play a vital role in the literacy development of their children. It is the product of a collaborative effort of the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, KNPB-Channel 5 Public Television, the Washoe County Library System, and the Washoe County School District. It is designed for families with preschoolers and beginning readers. It helps all families but is specifically designed for parents who may have limited language skills and few children's books at home. The program includes six sessions during which families:

  • discuss key parent/child reading techniques
  • watch a video
  • practice reading
  • receive a free book
  • learn about extender activities which enhance the value of the reading
  • receive materials to complete the extender activities at home

Parents and children attend workshops together. In this way they will both succeed as they learn new skills and interact as a family. We have targeted families with a greater likelihood for low literacy and related problems. To reach these families, the workshops have been conducted in cooperation with programs serving at-risk families, such as:

  • libraries
  • family resource centers
  • Even Start and Head Start programs
  • child care centers
  • migrant programs
  • elementary schools
  • adult literacy programs
  • Hispanic service programs
  • domestic violence shelters

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