Parents and children find quality time, new opportunities with Family Learning Program

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The Village of Promise in Huntsville is offering a new program.

The Toyota Family Learning program is made possible by a three-year, $175,000 grant from Toyota and the National Center for Families Learning.

The grant was announced Thursday.

Village of Promise offers a number of programs - with the aim of "eradicating generational poverty, one neighborhood at a time."

It is the 15th organization to be included in the program.

Approximately 100 parents and children are enrolled.

There is no charge to the families, who spend Saturdays learning together. They collaborate on fun activities, while improving their literacy and technology skills.

For the adults, there is also a focus on improved job skills.

According to program officials, an independent evaluation of families graduating from Toyota Family Learning in 2015 showed:

  • 90% of parents increased their engagement in their children's education
  • 96% of parents became better teachers to their children
  • 75% of parents increased their English language skills
  • 34% of parents got a better job

Toyota has committed $10 million over a six-year period for this national educational initiative.