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Penny Severns Family Literacy Program

The Penny Severns Family Literacy Program consists of local projects throughout Illinois that provide integrated, intensive instruction to improve the basic reading, math, writing skills or English language proficiency of parents and children together. Services include adult education, child education, parenting education, literacy-based, interactive, parent-child activities and library services. The inclusion of mandated library services is the distinguishing feature of Illinois State Library Family Literacy projects. Projects also strengthen the ability of the parent to foster educational achievement and increase their ability to use the resources and services of the library.

Penny Severns Family Literacy projects are comprised of three partner agencies including a public library, and adult literacy organization, and an organization that serves at-risk children.

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