How to Register

  • ESL Family Literacy and Computer Family Literacy classes are offered at various Oakland Unified Elementary and Middle Schools. Contact your child’s school for class availability.

     The Family Literacy program supports the Oakland Unified School District  strategic plan for Full Service Community Schools by empowering parents and guardians to:
    1. Support their children’s academic progress.
    2. Develop family engagement and leadership skills in full service community schools.


    The Family Literacy program provides quality academic and literacy instruction to OUSD parents in order to:

    • Develop, increase and build on the literacy skills of parents.
    • Develop the skills of the parents to support their child’s academic success.
    • Develop family engagement and leadership skills toward meaningful family engagement.


    ESL Family Literacy Classes:

    These are classes designed for parents who need to learn basic English speaking skills so they can support the academic and personal success of their school-aged children. Parents will improve their English skills while learning how to support their child’s education.


    • Parents learn the English they need to talk with their children’s teachers.
    • Parents can use the same technology reading intervention programs or the same English Language Development framework as the children. In this way, parents better understand how their children learn.
    • Parents become school leaders, e.g., the president of the school English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC).
    • As part of the Family Literacy program, parents regularly visit their child’s class during Parent and Child Together (PACT) time.
    • The Family Literacy program offers an inter-generational approach to education, towards breaking cycles of poverty in Oakland.


    Computer Family Literacy Classes:

    These classes are designed to offer all parents instruction in the use of computers so they can support their child’s academic progress.


    • Parents learn email, internet safety and academic improvement /tutoring websites.
    • Parents learn to use the internet to access the parent portal, where they monitor their children’s assignments, grades and attendance.




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