The city of Chattanooga’s Department of Youth and Family Development will showcase newly redesigned literacy labs Saturday in 13 Youth and Family Development Centers, highlighting the technology-based Lexia Literacy Core 5 program.
From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. parents, youth and the general public are invited to see Lexia in action as well as register for the program, free of charge at all 13 locations. Lexia is a computer based program that is effective and engaging for people of all ages. Each lab will offer at least five computers to the public to access the Lexia Program. The program is available for all ages from Pre-K to adult.
Mayor Berke provided funding for an expansion of the Lexia literacy program in the FY2014 city budget, which was unanimously approved by City Council on first reading Tuesday night. The Berke Administration is committed to growing smarter students and stronger families in Chattanooga, officials said. One way to achieve these results is to increase the number of students reading at a “proficient” level. The Lexia Literacy program will help fill in the gap for literacy learning through extended time in after-school programming. Lexia will bridge children’s interest in technology and provide a structural and productive use of reading through technology, while having fun and coexisting with numerous recreation programs, officials said.
During the open house, each Youth and Family Development Center will compete with each other around a book theme. City officials will announce awards at 2 p.m. at South Chattanooga Center. Each facility will highlight their lab, with hands on demonstrations of the Lexia Program, while providing information about the scheduled after school programs for youth and volunteers. Several centers will partner with local communities, groups and churches, as part of the citywide festival.
The centers participating in the open house are: Avondale, Carver, Brainerd, East Chattanooga, Eastdale, East Lake, North Chattanooga, Hixson, Glenwood, Tyner, South Chattanooga, Washington Hills and Westside Center. For more information, contact Jessica Broadnax at 643-6066.
Chattanooga Youth and Family expects at total 16 centers to offer Lexia by winter of 2014.