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Learning, Excelling and Parenting Successfully

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The most significant impact on children’s academic success is their parent’s attitude toward literacy and learning. Core values, knowledge and skills are first developed in a child’s family, which is the nucleus of the household.

The Learning Education and Parenting Success (LEAPS) Family Literacy Program partners with adult learners of children ages 0-8 to support and strengthen these essential elements of the family.

LEAPS is comprised of four components: Adult Education, Children Education, Parent and Child Together Time (PACT), and Parent Time.

Program Offerings

Adult Education

With locations in both Hamtramck and Detroit, LEAPS offers participants General Education Degree (GED) and daily English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Instructors meet adult learners where they and design instruction to meet their diverse learning needs. Classes are held September through June.

Children Education

LEAPS children’s education supports focus on improving the child’s school readiness and literacy skills. Our Hamtramck location has federally-funded Early Head Start and Head Start Programs. Children attend school with their parents four days per week. Children at our Detroit location also attend either Head Start programming or childcare programs that provide child-centered activities while parents are in class. School-age children who attend and are enrolled in their local public schools also have the opportunity to participate in literacy tutoring with one-to-one reading mentors.

Parents and Children Together (PACT)

With opportunities inside and outside of the classroom, parent and children are able to bolster their emotional bonds through play and discovery. Because parents are the primary educator of their children, PACT also strengthens the learning relationship in the family and supports parents garner greater assurance in advocating for their children’s educational needs.

Parent Time

Parent time sessions provide parents the opportunity to enhance strategies at home to best support their children’s growth and development. Session topics include but are not limited to homeschooling, healthy communication, proper nutrition, positive discipline, and early literacy skill development.

Other Resources & Information

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Digital Literacy

Wayne Metro offers digital literacy courses for adult learners ranging from Computer Basics to Website Design and Coding Basics. For more information, please contact Deanne Surles via email: dsurles@waynemetro.org


LEAPS offers Citizenship workshops and support for how to complete the N-400 application for naturalization as well as the Civics test portion of the Naturalization exam. For more information on Naturalization, click the button below. For U.S. Citizenship Test support, visit: CivicsQuestions.com


Are you an adult looking for opportunities to volunteer? Do you enjoy opportunities to meet new people and learn about diverse cultures? Perhaps becoming a Conversation Partner is an opportunity for you! For more information, click the button below:
Conversation Partners Volunteer Application

For program information and general inquiries, please contact
Program Manager Deanne Surles at (313) 324-7922 or dsurles@waynemetro.org

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