Cambodian Literacy Effort Gets Results

The Cambodian Family Literacy Program, a collaboration between the Cambodian Association of America and the Long Beach Unified School District, recently reported significant gains in student achievement.

The program aims to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and low literacy among low-income Cambodian immigrants by providing English as a Second Language instruction and Parenting and Early Childhood Education to at least 30 families each year.

All of the kindergarten through third grade students attending the program met math standards, and 95 percent met reading standards as measured by report cards or standardized test scores.  Most of these students had participated in the program since they were in preschool.

The program is funded through the California Department of Education’s Even Start Office and was established in 2001.  Families participate to enhance children’s literacy.  All of the participating adults and children are English language learners, with 92 percent living below the federal poverty level.

The literacy program operates at Whittier Elementary School during weekdays from 8 to 11:30 a.m.  For more information, contact Kirsten Trefflich at 988-1863, ext. 236.