Entries by Dami Park

Position Opening- Workshop Facilitator

UIC Center for Literacy FAST Program: Parent Outreach Program (PO) Application Deadline: 10/15/18 “Bilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply” Position/Functional Title: Workshop Facilitator FAmily STart (FAST) Learning and Support Services, a division of the UIC Center for Literacy in the College of Education, empowers and strengthens Chicago Early Learning Head Start families in Chicago. […]


    The intent of a nationally recognized week of concentrated events, activities, and media is to bring recognition to the field of adult and family literacy. It is our opportunity to highlight the value of the work we do and the people we serve. It gives us a reason to showcase our programs with […]

2018 FAST  West and South hosted the First OPEN HOUSE

On September 13th, 2018 FAST  West and South hosted their first ever OPEN HOUSE.   We open our doors to the community to invite in potential students and their supporters and our community partners.  We were proud to have alumni  Mrs. Star Braddock; a former student, as well as Mrs. Angelique Harris who is an Alumni […]

[StorylineOnline] Watch the kids from This is Us read  If I Ran for President

  Celebrate Citizenship Day! Celebrate Citizenship Day with NBC’s This is Us stars Lonnie Chavis, Parker Bates and Mackenzie Hancsicsak who will take you through our election process and how to run for the highest office! Watch our newest video If I Ran for President, written by Catherine Stier, illustrated by Lynne Avril Cravath and published by Albert Whitman & Company. If […]

An Official letter from Parent Outreach Office

  UIC Center for Literacy has restructured its Head Start parent engagement programs under the new title of FAST Family Start Learning Support Services. We have combined the Financial Literacy Initiative for Parents (FLIP) program, the Family Literacy Outreach (FLO) Office, and our new Parent Education and Employment Readiness (PEER) program into one Parent Outreach Office.  […]

AmeriCorps Project MORE Recruitment is still on going…

AmeriCorps Project MORE is still in need of AmeriCorps members for our Parent Outreach, Volunteer Resource Program & FAST HSE(Spanish) site. For any inquiry, please email at jnthomas@uic.edu, Jeneen Thomas.   For More information about AmeriCorps Project More : https://t.co/23p6mYXL7L

Bill’s Back to School Book Bonanza 2018

Thank you for your support in making sure Bill’s Back to School Book Bonanza 2018 was a success.   One of Bill’s students, PhD candidate Sun’Ah Chung, put together a wonderful video that highlighted the activities that took place during Friday’s event, including a tribute to Bill.  Please take a moment to see what we captured at the […]

What’s With: Building Literacy Skills in Children with Autism

On Friday, July 20th, 40 DFSS Head Start paraprofessionals gathered at the King Center for Building Literacy Skills in Children with Autism presented by the Resource Center for Autism & Developmental Delays. The participants refreshed their understanding of autism, learned more strategies on how to engage the learner in books, and increase reading comprehension. Each […]

CFL Welcomes Ariel Gibbons, New lead instructor at Adult Education team

We would like to introduce you to the newest member of the Center for Literacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Ariel Gibbons. Ariel joined as a new lead instructor at Adult Education team in Mid Augst. Please read below to lean more about Elisha! Welcome, Ariel! Tell us a little about your personal/professional background?  I grew up in […]