Early Childhood & Family Literacy

Our FREE Early Childhood Program, in partnership with Charleston County First Steps, is available to GED and ESL students with preschoolers between the ages of 18 months and 4 years old, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m. SPACE IS LIMITED!

Free babysitting is available to our ESL students for evening classes on Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

How the Early Childhood and Family Literacy Programs work:
• Space is limited.
• Application and immunization records are required.
• We accept children 18 months to 4 years old. Children who are 30 months and up will take Pre and Post Assessments, and are taught with the Creative Curriculum.
• Prepares preschoolers for school readiness skills.
• Young students learn English, if needed.
• All parents who utilize the Early Childhood Program are also REQUIRED to participate in the Family Literacy Program.

When our program becomes full, we offer to help with the Early Head Headstart and Dual Language Learners Voucher Applications, if needed.

For further questions, please contact:
Gloria Cabarroguis, Early Childhood Instructor


What is Family Literacy?

Family literacy is a term used to describe parents and children – or more broadly – adults and children – learning together. The concept underlying the model is that parents and/or guardians are their children’s first teachers; the home is the first school and that learning happens from birth and is a lifelong process.

Family Literacy programs are driven by comprehensive, holistic approaches to education in which parents and children learn and grow together. Family literacy recognizes adults as a powerful influence on children’s academic success.

Family Literacy integrates the following activities:
• Interactive Literacy Activities between parents and their children
• Education for Parents (Parent Education) in facilitating children’s learning and becoming full partners in their education
• Parent literacy training (Adult Education) that leads to economic self-sufficiency and meets adults’ stated goals
• Age-appropriate education (Early Childhood Education) to prepare children for success in school and life experiences
Family Literacy at Trident Literacy Association
Family Literacy is offered to all TLA students who have a child enrolled in the Early Childhood program. Family Literacy will provide both parent-initiated and child-initiated activities to support development of those relationships and to increase the motivation to learn for both parent and child.

Please contact Gia Coats giacoats@tridentlit.org for more information.