STAR: High School Completion or GED
STAR (formerly Even Start) is a free family literacy program serving Allegan County parents who:
desire their high school diploma, GED, or need significant improvement in their math or reading skills, and
have at least one child under the age of eight.
What is the Family Literacy Program?
It is a comprehensive program that integrates all four of the following:
Parent literacy training that leads to self-sufficiency.
Age-appropriate education to prepare children for success in school and life experience.
Training for parents in how to be the primary teacher for their children and full partners in their education.
Interactive literacy activities between parents and their children.
GED Prep classes or High School completion
On-site licensed child care
Parent and child interaction
We believe that . . .
Parents want the best for their children.
All families have strengths.
Parents can and should set goals and make decisions about their lives and the lives of their families.
The family is a system of influence, and the transmission of values happens within the system, therefore the family unit is the appropriate focus if we aim to influence the attitudes, values, and expectations communicated in the home.
Families struggle with multiple problems, concerns, and issues, and may require regular support and assistance with these needs.
If families are to thrive, the needs of individual family members must be met. The teaching and learning process should be reciprocal, student centered, and relevant.
Family literacy programs are collaborative efforts that see the family unit as the source of intervention.
The school cannot do it alone. As partners, schools, families, and communities can work together to provide the opportunities and resources that promote the achievement of positive outcomes.
Locations in Plainwell and Fennville. For more information, contact Debby Scogin at 269.685.8234.
Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services
Early Childhood Specialist