Program helps Latina parents learn English

June 9, 2008 3:21:15 PM PDT
State leaders are bringing back a program to help Latina mothers make sure their children get better grades. Congressman Mark Kirk is reviving "Families Involved in Reading Stories Together" or "FIRST." Through the program, mothers can learn English so they can help their children with homework. The College of Lake County is funding the program with a $335,000 grant.

Kirk says nearly 30 percent of Latino students don't finish high school. One reason is because the language barrier keeps parents from getting involved in their child's education.

"Together, we make sure that moms and dads are reading with their kids, helping with homework -- helping them to succeed in high school and making sure that they go onto college," said Rep. Mark Kirk, (R) Illinois.

Kirk launched FIRST in 2005, but it was later cut because of the lack of funding.