KEYSTONE’S FAMILY LITERACY PROGRAM IS BACK!

Keystone Opportunity Center Re-launches their Award-winning Program

Today was the start of Keystone Opportunity Center’s reinstated Family Literacy program at Souderton Mennonite Church. Headed by Keystone’s Education Department, the Family Literacy program addresses the literacy needs of the entire family while promoting parents’ involvement in their children’s education. The program integrates adult education, parenting education, interactive literacy activities and early childhood education.

The Family Literacy program brings back an essential service to Keystone’s clients. “It is our goal to give parents the knowledge they need to be their child’s first educator, an informed parent when their child enters school, and a contributing member of their community,” said Susan Clauser, Keystone’s Director of Adult Education. Keystone’s Education Department has decades of experience in running ESL, Family Literacy, High School Equivalency, Adult Basic Education, Citizenship Preparation, Senior ESL, and numerous other educational programs that help individuals and families overcome educational barriers so they can achieve self-sufficiency. Keystone’s Education Department will serve nearly 500 students this academic year.

During a transition year for Keystone Opportunity Center, the leadership and congregation at Souderton Mennonite Church worked together to pay for and run a version of Family Literacy in the 2017-2018 school year. “Pastors Tim Bentch and Jenifer Eriksen Morales of Souderton Mennonite Church were passionate partners with Keystone, adamant that the program not experience any downtime,” said Arlene Daily, Keystone Opportunity Center’s Executive Director. “They were instrumental in developing a community of supporters—from congregation members to volunteer classroom aids–to support the church running the program in the interim year.”

One teacher from the Souderton Mennonite Church program relayed: “this program creates a community that supports one-another, builds friendships and shares advice. Watching the mothers start to communicate with each other, with English the common language, is inspirational.”

This school year, Keystone is up and running again. And as in years prior, Souderton Mennonite Church’s education wing will host our teachers and students.

People interested in Keystone’s Family Literacy program can learn more at https://keystoneopportunity.org/education/family-literacy/ or by calling 267-663-1001.

Who: Families with an English need–moms, dads, grandparents or caregivers and their young children (0-Kindergarten)

What: Family Literacy Program

Where: Souderton Mennonite Church lower level children’s wing

Keystone Opportunity Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers a comprehensive array of social services that educate, encourage and empower people to become self-sufficient. Keystone Opportunity Center is housing the homeless, feeding the hungry and educating adults and families in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. More information on Keystone Opportunity Center can be found at www.KeystoneOpportunity.org.