CLI Partners with New Worlds Reading Initiative

Enhancing Our Impact in South Florida

Children’s Literacy Initiative partnered with the University of Florida Lastinger Center for Learning’s New Worlds Reading Initiative! This regional partnership provides Parent & Family Literacy Workshops and Community Events to caregivers and families in Central and Southeast Florida.  

The New Worlds Reading Initiative was signed into law in June of 2021 to serve Florida’s eligible public and charter school after receiving bipartisan support in the Florida legislature. The University of Florida Lastinger Center for Learning is the state-appointed administrator for the New Worlds Reading Initiative. As a department of the University of Florida College of Education, the Lasting Center improves the quality of teaching, learning, and childcare. By researching, developing and scaling educational innovations for adults and children, the center strives to put all learners on trajectories for lifelong success. Funding for this program is made possible through the Florida legislature. 

The goal of Parent and Family Workshops is to provide parents and caregivers with knowledge and confidence to support their child’s reading development and encourage meaningful engagement in literacy. Workshops are focused on the science of reading and provide parents and caregivers with strategies, tips, and tools to support the development of their child’s cognitive skills, language, and comprehension. Workshops can be offered virtually or in-person and can be a one-time event or a series of events to facilitate the topics. 

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