Leap Into Literacy is a collaborative effort bringing programs based on the Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards (GELDS) to children aged birth to five and their caregivers. This initiative was founded following a Forsyth County School District Comprehensive Needs Assessment indicating an increase in the number of rising Kindergarten students entering public school unprepared. Many of these children come from low income homes.
The immediate need for interventions for our most vulnerable population sparked The Forsyth County Board of Education to call into action the Forsyth County Public Library System, Georgia Highlands Medical and Literacy Forsyth. These partners offer quarterly educational programs to attract families in order to provide caregivers with the skills they required to serve as their child's first teacher and to be a jumping off point for the children to embark on improving their lives through education.
School aged learning
Parental involvement in school life was more strongly associated with high academic performance for middle school students than helping with homework. At Literacy Forsyth we observed the same phenomena when school aged children attended classes with their parent. Sharing in striving for self-sufficiency through education fostered a bond between generations.
Family Literacy Nights will begin in the summer of 2018 in collaboration with Altrusa International of North Georgia and our community business partners. We are seeking professionals to present parallel programs to adults and provide program materials to students on stand along literacy topics, including financial literacy and health literacy.
Literacy Forsyth will partner with another non-profit, Next Generation Focus to bring tutoring services to school aged children who are one level below their grade in achievement. This program will also be initiated in the summer of 2018.
Our Lending Library opened on April 23, 2018. The Lending Library is yet another example of the good works of the collaborative effort with a local civic organization. Altrusa International of North Georgia funded and built bookcases and set up the space for the library. Books were generously provided by Cumming Home Ministries, St. Columba's Episcopal Church, our volunteers and our adult students.
The Lending Library is stocked with over 2,000 volumes of books for all ages. It is open to the general public, our students and their families. Patrons are invited to use the space for reading or to select books to take home. Books do not need to be returned and we encourage you to pass them on. Our Lending Library is also available for Book Clubs at no cost.
The space is located in the back of our classroom/office location at 5140 Chattahoochee Industrial Park, Cumming - we are off Browns Bridge Road, Exit 17/18 from GA400.
GED and Adult Basic Education
Literacy Forsyth offers free classes for students preparing to the the GED test. Classes are offered on Monday and Wednesday at our classroom location, 5140 Chattahoochee Industrial Park, Cumming. Class is held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. for four sessions per year. Summer sessions are for technology preparation for the test. One on One Tutoring is also available to our students. Tutoring is available by appointment, off-site with volunteer tutors and on-site on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tutoring is by appointment.
Aztec Online Learning
Literacy Forsyth offers students the opportunity to prepare for the GED exam in an online program at Aztec Learning. This program is a self-paced computer program requiring an internet connection. We also offer Combination Learning for students using Aztec online that offers biweekly instructor sessions to cover topics that students find more challenging.
GED at THE PLACE OF FORSYTH
Literacy Forsyth partners with The Place of Forsyth to offer beginner GED classes on Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at this on-site location. Materials, instruction, childcare and a meal are provided at no charge to students.
English to Speakers of Other Languages
ESOL classes are offered at Cumming First United Methodist Church to all learners, free of charge with the completion of a short registration form. Classes are offered on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. during Winter, Spring and Fall sessions. Childcare is available as a courtesy to our students by the nursery staff at Cumming First United Methodist Church.
770 Canton Highway
Literacy Forsyth offers beginner Spanish, Advanced Spanish and Conversational French classes to students for a small fee. Theses classes are sponsored as fundraiser to help support our services. Classes are taught by a certified language instructor and geared to meet the student at their level to improve communication.