Second Start Literacy Program PDF Print E-mail
Location: Covina Public Library, Literacy Area (upstairs)

Partical funding provided by: California Library Literacy Services (CLLS) Grant; Community Development Block Grant (CDBG); Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Title II - Section 231 Grant; and the Friends of the Covina Public Library.

ADULT BASIC LITERACY SKILLS
Partial Funding Sources:  CLLS Grant, CDBG, Friends of the Covina Public Library.

The program serves native English speakers as well as students coming out of the ESL program who need to improve their skills before they move on to higher learning. The program is designed to help adults obtain the skills they need to reach their goals and is based on an Individual Learning Plan. The plan is developed by the adult and the Literacy Coordinator together. Adults are carefully matched with professionally trained volunteer tutors and receive instruction twice per week.

Core skills include: Reading-comprehension, fluency and vocabulary; writing; employability

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)
Partal Funding Sources: WIA Title II Grant

The adult ESL program offers those with limited English proficiency an opportunity to acquire and learn the English language communication skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in a competency-based format. Instruction is designed to meet the diverse needs of students, ranging from the English of daily living to the language required for entry into vocational and academic programs as well as obtaining a job. The program starts at the beginning level for those with limited English and progresses to the final level before learners can be mainstreamed into all English instruction. All students are tutored in a one-on-one setting and get individualized instruction twice per week.

CHILDREN’S LITERACY
Partial Funding Source: The Friends of the Covina Public Library

The Children’s Literacy program provides students in first through eighth grades with the opportunity to increase their reading achievement by supplying the tools they need to develop reading skills and the guidance and support they need to grow as readers. Trained volunteer tutors provide reading support in phonics, sight word growth, comprehension and vocabulary enhancement. Students are tutored in a small group setting; one-on-one instruction is provided on a case-by-case basis.

Requirements:
A completed application
A copy of child’s most recent report card
A teacher’s referral if available