Family Literacy: Parents and children learning together

“A parent is a child’s first teacher.”

Located in Rock Creek School, Family Literacy fosters school readiness for young children and provides a literacy program for families who need Adult Education or English Learner classes. Parents and their young children 6 months through age 4 participate in various program componenents: adult education, parenting, early childhood education and interactive literacy activities. The program offers classes 4 days per week for qualifying families served primarily by Hillcrest and Waverley elementary schools.

The family literacy program reaches out to ­families who need English Learner (EL) classes. The EL families' first language is not English, and they have limited English proficiency.


  • Set your goals
  • Work to reach your goals
  • Improve your basic skills
  • Learn English language skills
  • Learn how to assist your child’s learning
  • Learn parenting skills


  • Play and learn with other young children
  • Participate in readiness skills
  • Practice skills to help you to “enter school ready to learn”
  • Enjoy art experiences
  • Explore learning through English


1. Complete the application form found in the Family Literacy Center at Rock Creek School.

2. Students need to be assessed and complete a program contract.


1. Monthly opportunities to enter classes September through March. 

2. Classes meet from 8:45 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.  Monday through Thursday.

Cost: Free to accepted applicants.

Entrance Requirements:

1. EL families living in Frederick County

2. EL families with children 4 years or younger (6 months through Pre-K).

3. EL families willing to invest contracted time and effort in the program to improve their basic English skills in reading, writing and speaking. Math instruction also included.

4. Families who qualify as "most in need" for the program.