THE MIDLANDS LITERACY INITIATIVE AND ITS PARTNERS
The MLI is now developing partnerships with family literacy programs, a shift in emphasis that reflects the current economy and an understanding that improving family literacy will strengthen the community as a whole. Family literacy is a priority for the United Way of the Midlands. Administrators there explain that they want to invest in families by empowering them, not creating dependency, a philosophy in concert with the goals of family literacy programs. The family literacy programs build upon an already strong base of workforce training experience by combining job-readiness programs with parenting classes and instruction for children.