Parents Struggle to Help Teach Their Children From Home
Posted by Jessica Gilmour on May 07, 2020 in categoryStories from the Field

In the midst of the COVID-19 stay at home orders, schools have taken to digital learning to continue educating from a distance. Will children with low literate parents be at a disadvantage to the rest?

Adult learners have faced countless challenges throughout their lives to continue forward while low literacy holds them back. Now, as their children face the task of furthering their education from a computer screen, there is increasing pressure to assist in their children’s education so they do not fall behind.

Reading emails, homework, and directions can look like a foreign language to a low literate adult. And although parents are not expected to be teachers, the current set up has pushed parents deep into their children’s education.

More than 43 million adults in the United States cannot read, write, or do basic math above a third-grade reading level. This means millions of parents across the United States are struggling to provide additional educational support for their children.

ProLiteracy offers several digital distance learning resources to help adult learners continue their education at home. To learn more about the resources for programs and learners during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit 

To help these adult learners receive the resources they need to increase their literacy skills visit


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