Family Literacy: ESL for Mothers and Children



This project provides English as a Second Language classes designed for mothers with pre-school aged children.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Women on refugee status typically have less education and lower language proficiency than men. They also bear primary responsibility for care of the household and children. Consequently, it is more difficult for women with small children to access ESL classes that provide child care. Eventually, as their husbands and children gain language proficiency, women become increasingly isolated and lose authority within the home.

How will this project solve this problem?

A family literacy approach to ESL provides women with accessible language programming as well as structured care for their children. Further, family literacy provides women with skills and modeling to become educators of their children.

Potential Long Term Impact

We will provide two classes a week for 24 women and their pre-school aged children. Anticipated long-term effects include increased attendance in ESL classes, improved language proficiency, and adoption of literacy practices in the home.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $361

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $361 .  The original project funding goal was $4,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Michele James-Deramo

Director of Service-Learning
Blacksburg, VA United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Family Literacy: ESL for Mothers and Children
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