Nine Moms and Tots Graduate in August

Nine children graduated* from the award-winning Carol DeJoy Moms & Tots Family Literacy Program on August 2, 2019.

The Carol DeJoy Moms & Tots® Family Literacy Program was founded in 2004 to help mothers learn English in an accessible way.

“We believe that literacy is the key that unlocks a person’s ability to learn,” shared Sue Holman, President & CEO of Literacy Council Gulf Coast. “Our program teaches mothers together with their children. Children learn through play, while moms get the chance to learn English in a group setting with other moms. A lot of our moms wouldn’t be able to learn English if they weren’t able to bring their children who learn with them.”

One hundred percent of our Moms and Tots® program graduates have started pre-kindergarten or kindergarten average or above average compared to their classmates.

“Graduation ceremonies like these are important for moms and their children because many of our students have never experienced a graduation before,” explained Holman. “This is an opportunity for both moms and kids to see success academically as they hadn’t experienced before. I always tell our moms that this is the first time their youngster has graduated, but it won’t be the last. We encourage our moms to continue to be empowered through education even as they help their children achieve the same.”

“What we’ve been doing here for over thirty years is really life-changing for both mom and tot.”

About Literacy Council Gulf Coast

The mission of Literacy Council Gulf Coast (LCGC) is to assist adults and children to acquire the English literacy skills and education necessary to improve their quality of life and enhance the entire community. The Council was founded in 1989 and has been offering literacy services in southwest Florida for 30 years.