Migrant Education Family Biliteracy ProgramA statewide school-based family biliteracy education program that families may replicate at home to provide high quality instruction for children ages 3-5.
The purpose of the Migrant Education Family Biliteracy Program (MEFBP) grant is to promote site-based family biliteracy programs. Research by, Vasquez, 2004; Castro, Espinosa, and Páez, 2011; shows that high quality, early biliteracy programs that focus on the academic, language, social, and cross-cultural challenges of school, will better prepare at-risk migrant children for entrance into kindergarten.
The latter responds to the findings of the 2007 California Migrant Education Program (MEP) Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA). According to The MEP CNA, approximately 23 percent of migrant children were significantly over age in kindergarten. The CNA also found school-based, formal preschool programs to be a promising approach to prepare at-risk children for the academic, language, social, and cross-cultural challenges of school. In addition, the California State Service Delivery Plan (SSDP) for the MEP, which is developed based on the findings of the CNA, called for an increase in the percentage of eligible migrant preschool children receiving a high-qualify early education.
The SSDP is mandated by federal law for all migrant programs, and marks an important step forward in meeting the needs of migrant students in California [Title I, Part C, Sections 1304 (b) and 1306 (a)].
The grant program this year will be focused solely on site-based Family Biliteracy programs.
The primary goals of the Family Biliteracy Program for preschool age-children are to:
- Engage the migrant family into the school community by valuing the cultural and linguistic assets the family possesses
- Integrate the family unit into the educational experience by utilizing the family’s first language to teach and model literacy strategies that families may replicate at home in the absence of the teacher
- Incorporate an adult/parenting education component that builds awareness about the value of biliteracy and other school practices
All applicants must demonstrate the likelihood of success in meeting the purpose of the MEFBP, which is to provide high-quality and intensive family biliteracy services based on scientifically based research principles.
Requirements of prospective applicants shall address the following:
- Provision of services for children and families with an active Certificate of Eligibility at time of enrollment
- Provision of services for three to five year old children
- Use of highly qualified instructional staff in both the early childhood education and adult education programs
- Cooperation and coordination between a variety of relevant agencies and service providers
In addition, both children and parents must actively participate in the program. In addition, all selected programs must promote biliteracy, in which children and their parents will be together throughout the entire instructional time. Instructors will design culturally and linguistically appropriate activities in which early childhood education and adult literacy theory come together in each other's outcomes and draw from each other's goals. Specifically: (a) children must take part in early childhood education and school readiness activities, (b) parents must take part in adult biliteracy activities, (c) both parents and their children must be involved in parenting education and interactive literacy activities.