Fort Kent’s CHIPPY Family Literacy program surpasses 200 families served

MSAD 27’s Center and Home-based Instructional Program for Parents and Youth (CHIPPY) Family Literacy project has hit a significant service milestone.

Records indicate that since the program’s inception in 1996, a total of 202 families, including 213 adults and 310 children, have received comprehensive services including adult literacy, early childhood literacy, literacy-based parenting education and interactive literacy activity time through a dual-generation strategy stressing simultaneous services to children and parents. The result is quality developmental opportunities that lead to individual academic success and long-term family economic sufficiency.

CHIPPY Family Literacy project staff provide not only core adult and early childhood education services but also key wrap-around services critical to successful dual-generation initiatives. These include peer community-building through center-based services; career coaching and advising; life skills training; workplace readiness activities including community-based internships, volunteer experiences at the CHIPPY center and a host of adult education workforce development options; College Transitions courses, programs and services; and transportation to and from the center for families without access to transportation.

These services and others are provided to support adult participants as they progress along an education and training continuum denoted by benchmark achievements or momentum points. Those steps include basic educational skills attainment; secondary and/or occupational certification credential or post-secondary degree attainment; and enhanced levels of self or family economic sufficiency or financial tipping points through attainment of employment and advancement in the workplace.

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