What we do

LiLaC has invested five years visiting the homes of six families, whose second language is English, and whose children were four years of age or younger when webegan.  Based on those observations across time, we have developed a program of language and literacy learning which is grounded in the real world of learning as it occurs in real homes of immigrants who are English Language Learners (ELL). Our experience with these families has constituted a proof of concept, showing measurable outcomes that provide a basis for replication and expansion of our program.

  • Weekly home visit
  • Encouragement and suggestions to support family interactions
  • Books and activities for parents to enjoy with their child
  • Regular parent classes


Relationship Building.          

A highly qualified bilingual Home Visitor visits each family each week. During a 60-90 minute weekly visit, the Home Visitor listens as parents share their own observations, experiences and questions. She provides the opportunity for them to self-select books and activities to enjoy with their child. She also hosts regular parent classes.



  • Encourage and support language development in the family’s heritage language.
  • Offer families opportunity to regularly expose their child to a third language (i.e. Mandarin Chinese).
  • Provide and recommend multicultural music, original poetry and literature to provide a foundation of language for their children.


Parents as the Best Teachers for their Child

  • Increase parents’ knowledge of child development
  • Help parents realize the impact of their interactions with their
  • Demonstrate activities for parents to practice with their child to support their child’s development and learning.


Multicultural Music, Original Poetry and Literature.

  • Encourage parents to sing, share poems and stories from their own culture
  • Provide access to award-winning Hispanic music, poems and literature for parents to enjoy sharing with their child.


Literacy as a collection of Behaviors, Knowledge, Processes and Attitudes.

  • Support and create ways parents immerse their child in literacy at home
  • Encourage parents to demonstrate literacy for their child
  • Provide home libraries of children’s literature as a resource for parents
  • Encourage parents in ways to engage with their child
  • Provide activities to support development of responsibility in child
  • Suggest and support ways parents can generate positive reinforcement of child’s behaviors and accomplishments