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Multigenerational Learning Through the Family School Program

By Deb Webster, Licensed Parent Educator

The Family School Program is a multigenerational literacy program that provides children ages 0-5 and their caregivers (parents, guardians, grandparents, etc.) with access to an exciting world of learning and opportunity. 

The goal of the program is to build literacy skills across the generations. Pictured above are two of our newest U.S. grandparents. Vo Diem grew up in Vietnam and Maria Coly hails from Senegal. Both of these caregivers want to learn English so they can help their young grandchildren grow and thrive!  

The Family School Program is provided by Richfield's Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program located at the Central Education Center. Program participants meet in person one full morning a week and then meet online one afternoon a week. 

During the in-person gathering, caregivers and children start in the early childhood classroom and participate in literacy activities together. Adults then move on to an hour of English class and an hour where they are supported in their role as caregivers. While they are working on their personal education goals, the children are enjoying quality, age-appropriate learning in their own classroom with licensed educators.

To learn more, call 612-243-3007 or email

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