These two terms Family Literacy and Intergenerational Literacy
are not wholly interchangeable.
Intergenerational programs recognize that a variety of adults acting as
reading models can have a positive impact on childrens reading
Programs are intergenerational in nature when participants span different
Family Literacy programs are both family and
intergenerational. This is because of the inclusion of many family
members (aunts/uncles, cousins, primary caregivers, friends, etc.) who are both
immediate and extended members, as well as who span different age groups.
To approach literacy through the family is the surest way to increase
educational levels of adults and children because this approach expands the
skills of both and draws on the power of the family to affect its own
The Power of the Family, National
Center for Family Literacy
Family Literacy is a community based initiative designed to break the
cycle of illiteracy. Family in this context is interpreted in the broadest
sense of the term. Implicit in this process as a shared responsibility in the
community to provide intergenerational support, education and advocacy. The
intention is to empower the individual and establish reading as a valued
activity within the family.
Family Literacy Interest Group of Ontario,