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Adult Literacy
Opportunities for adults to develop language, reading and writing skills, vocational skills and citizenship skills.

Caregiver Outreach
Programs and services designed to aid teachers of young children, through age 5, in early literacy.

Children's Literacy
Programs and services designed for children to build and strengthen language, reading and writing skills. This encompasses programming for children ages 0 to 17 years.

Cultural Literacy
Understanding traditional beliefs relative to a particular cultural or ethnic group.

Family Learning
Family learning encompasses all areas of family functioning-relationships, communication, attitudes and behaviors.

Family Literacy
Programs characterized by incorporating four components into one program to help families become fully functioning. The four areas are (1) age appropriate literacy opportunities for children, (2) parent and child interaction time, (3) parent skill-building, and (4) adult literacy.

Functional Literacy
The ability to understand and use printed information in daily life, at home, at work and in the community.

Literacy
Literacy is an individual's ability to read, write, speak, compute and solve problems competently.

Native Literacy
The ability to read and write in one's native tongue.

Parent skill-building
Programs that help parents understand the importance of their role as a child's first teacher and how to capitalize on child development principles so the child can live a happy, successful and fulfilled life.

Teacher Outreach
Programs and services designed to aid teachers of children, ages 6-18, in the area of early literacy.

Tutoring
Help for individuals via additional, specialized or remedial instruction.

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