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D.C. Charter School Educates Parents Alongside Children

The images in the book were bright and the words simple, but many of the women in the classroom hesitated as they sounded out each sentence.

 The goal for the women enrolled in the  adult-education class in the District is to learn English, but an equally important target is to help their children learn to read. In a preschool classroom down the hall a few minutes later, the mothers had a chance to practice. They pulled their daughters and sons onto their laps and opened the book.

The District’s Briya Public Charter School enrolls parents and young children together in the same school, a novel effort to improve children’s prospects by building the skills of those who are closest to them. It’s an approach that an increasing number of researchers and philanthropists are promoting across the country as experts worry that investments in early childhood education or school improvement can only go so far.