ASPIRE Family Literacy 
ASPIRE (Achieving Success through Parental Involvement, Reading and Education) breaks the cycle of illiteracy and poverty within families by providing comprehensive, integrated literacy services for the entire family.


· Parenting classes
· Early childhood education
· Adult education (ESL, GED, computer literacy)
· Home visits
· Intergenerational literacy activities
· Placing parent volunteers in classrooms

ASPIRE raises literacy levels of adults and children while increasing parents’ ability and confidence in supporting their children’s literacy needs at home and in school.  School district performance data indicate that ASPIRE children academically outperform their peers even years after having left the program.


ASPIRE families have children 0-7 years old, parents in need of ESL and/or GED classes, and live in southeast Austin.  Services are provided at our location behind Travis High School, as well as during monthly home visits.  ASPIRE serves approximately 100 families per year. 

In their own words

"I feel privileged to be a part of this program, and almost all of my goals have been accomplished.  In the course of the year I’ve learned many things, for example the importance of reading to my children… In the ASPIRE program, I’m inspired to excel and to believe in myself.  I have what it takes; I only need the right tools, and it seems I have found them."  Maria Tello, ASPIRE parent, GED earner

Success Rate

In the 2012-2013 School Year:

  • 126 families with children (birth-2nd grade) received services (including community parenting groups), reaching 126 adults and 152 children.  On average adults had a 8th grade education level upon enrollment. 

  • 100% of children were promoted to the next grade (KG – 2nd)

  • 97% of KG, 1st and 2nd grade children met the end-of-the-year reading standard

  • 85% of 3 to 5-year-olds made gains in their English vocabulary attainment, including those with a home language of Spanish (Peabody Expressive and Picture Vocabulary Tests)

  • 93% of parents demonstrated gains in parenting skills (Caldwell & Bradley HOME Inventory);

  • 89% of ESL students demonstrated gains in English language acquisition (BEST)

  • 95% of GED/ABE students demonstrated gains in mathematics, reading, or language (TABE)

  • 100% of children (infant through 3-year-old) were screened for developmental delays and received referrals as needed (Denver Screening) (ECI, Speech/Vision/Hearing/Health resources)

ASPIRE adults have a 6th grade education level upon enrollment on average, and live below federal poverty guidelines.  In 2012-2013, 97% of adults were female, 94% were immigrants with Spanish as a first language.

For more information about ASPIRE, please contact Rob Patton at (512) 841-8571 or email

ASPIRE Volunteer Opportunities
·  Early Childhood Classroom Assistant
· Children's Recreation Activity Leader - Summer Only

All volunteer positions are at ASPIRE at Travis High School at the following times:

  • Day: Tuesday - Friday
  • Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The ASPIRE program is supported by: Austin Community College, The City Of Austin, Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy,  Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation, and United Way Capital Area.

For more information about ASPIRE volunteer opportunities, please call Jennifer Braham at (512) 464-9767 or email




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