YWCA Greater Green Bay

Children First Family Literacy GED


What is Children First Family Literacy GED program?

The YWCA Women's Empowerment Center partners with Literacy Green Bay to bring the Children First Family Literacy GED program.  

This unique program offers individuals with children the opportunity to obtain a GED while providing a safe, educational environment for their children. 

Four Components of Children First Family Literacy

  • Adult Education/GED Preparation
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Parenting Education and Family Empowerment
  • Parent And Child Together (PACT) Activities 


Who can        participate? 

 Any community member who is seeking a GED and has children who are 6 years old or younger may participate in the program.

 What is the focus of the program?

Children First Family Literacy is a proven inter-generational approach that improves the literacy, language and life skills of both parents and children. 

Children First Family Literacy directly addresses five compelling national statistics:

  • Parental literacy is one of the single most important indicators of a child’s success (children whose parents are functionally illiterate are twice as likely to be functionally illiterate themselves).
  • By age four, children living in poor families will have heard 32 million fewer words than children living in professional families.
  • Long term research verifies that family literacy programs produce significant results: Adults obtain and keep employment, a higher percentage of adults achieve GED/HSED equivalency, and the amount of literacy activity in the home increases by 80%
  • High quality pre-kindergarten programs can significantly raise achievement levels, especially for children of low socioeconomic status—youngsters from families whose parents are poor and undereducated.
  • Spending only $1 in the first years of a child’s life will make it possible to avoid spending $17 later in life by reducing special education placements, increasing graduation and employment rates, providing a more skilled workforce, and decreasing arrests and convictions…all of which result in an increased tax base.

  When are the classes? 

Days: Mondays and Wednesdays

Location: Classes are held at the YWCA Women's Empowerment Center second floor computer lab located at YWCA of Greater Green Bay, 230 S. Madison Street in Green Bay.


For more information or to register contact Kelly Severson, Program Manager at 920-435-2474 ext.108

Visit the Literacy Green Bay website for more information.