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Family Literacy Center

14 FLCNiagara University’s College of Education’s Family Literacy Center provides a valuable community resource for diagnosing and remediating reading difficulties, while also facilitating literacy development. Families will benefit from state-of-the-art facilities and technology, the most current research based practices, and evidence based interventions. Services are provided by graduate students in the Advanced Literacy Program, under the direct supervision of university faculty, who are experts in the field of literacy instruction. All programs align with the New York State Common Core Standards and the International Reading Association (IRA) Standards.


  • Participation has increased by 31 percent since our pilot year 2012-2013.
  • 100 percent of the parents participating across the three programs would recommend the Family Literacy Center to friends and family members.
  • 100 percent of the parents when asked, via Survey Monkey, the questions, “Would you like to participate in the Family Literacy Center programs in the future?” and “Would you refer a friend or family member to the Family Literacy Center?” responded yes.

Parent Comments:

Both children looked forward each Wednesday to coming to nu and meeting with their teachers. After each class, they both said it was awesome. The best thing for me was noticing that my daughter wanted to read in bed after we said good night and looked forward to doing this aloud to herself. She was very proud when she could read all the words herself.

He was always excited to come here. He was eager to complete the activities. The student teachers were always creating lessons that interested him. I saw his desire to write and read improve. All of which he did without verbal reminders or prompts.

He has gained so much confidence in his reading abilities and actually enjoys reading. He attempts to read everything...newspapers, TV, signs.

My daughter absolutely loves coming each week to meet with her teachers. We arrive early so she can read a book or two before instructional time.

Our family literacy events bring together parents and their children to celebrate literacy. Games and activities are designed to encourage literacy development, and can be easily incorporated into family routines. Each event is tailored to its specific audience, no two events are alike!


(for students in grades 3-8)

In a small group setting, children partake in activities centered on popular children’s novels. This program is perfect for avid readers! Through open discussions about books, exchanging points of view, and interacting together to complete hands-on activities graduate students work with the children to generate a life long love for reading.


(for students in grades K-2)

In a one-to-one setting, children receive an evaluation of literacy skills, followed by five instructional sessions that focus on individual student strengths to address areas of need. The program culminates with a family celebration where all participants engage in games and activities that can be incorporated into daily routines at home.


(GRADES 3-8)

(for students in grades 3-8)

In a one-to-one setting, children receive two evaluation sessions, followed by six instructional sessions that focus on individual student strengths to address areas need. At the conclusion of the program, each family receives results from the initial evaluation, along with recommendations for future family/home instructional support.



(for students in grades 3-8)

In small groups, children experience and complete activities centered around creative writing. Children are invited to  engage in an interactive learning setting, where they are provided with the opportunity to dream, explore, and create their own written masterpiece.


Professional development events are offered to teachers and educational professionals in our community to foster professional growth in literacy instruction. Workshops     include instructional activities and resources that can be incorporated in the classroom.