We evaluated an early literacy initiative implemented in partnership with faith-based organizations. Heads of the initiative train church leaders to host monthly literacy events during which those leaders educate parents about child development and model dialogic reading behaviors while caregivers and their children follow along. A survey and focus group sessions with caregivers and church leaders indicated high satisfaction with the initiative, a reported increase in literacy-promoting practices among caregivers, and perceived gains in children's literacy skills attributed to participation in the literacy events. Extension educators can use or adapt elements of the initiative to promote positive parenting practices and early literacy.
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Zapata, M. I., Morris, A. S., Emerson, A., Jespersen, J. E., & Stiller-Titchener, K. (2021). Partnering with Faith-Based Organizations to Promote Positive Parenting: Example and Lessons Learned. The Journal of Extension, 58(2), Article 22. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol58/iss2/22