Refugee Family Literacy

Literacy for Mommy and Child, together

Refugee Family Literacy provides a collaborative literacy approach, where young children and their mothers develop literacy skills together.

Teaching refugee women and children, together.

Refugee Family Literacy is a two-generation family literacy school for refugee women and young children. The two-generation approach empowers mothers to become their children’s best teachers by raising their own literacy levels at the same time that their children are learning. While mothers learn English, their children develop language and school-readiness skills through interaction with trained early childhood teachers. Mothers gain exposure to literacy-learning techniques modeled in the Parent-child class, which they then reinforce at home. In this way, parent and child learn together.

“I was a student at [Refugee Family Literacy] “Mommy and Me” for 4 years.  I learned so much and it was amazing for me. Now I am working here because I love children.  [This] is a peaceful place for me.”

– Lin Lin Mkhumdui, RFL student alumna and current teacher

Proven methods for literacy

We take a family literacy approach that emphasizes parent-child joint learning through a four-pronged approach aligned with the National Center for Families Learning.

• Literacy (ESOL) classes for mothers

• An early childhood development program

• Parent and Child Literacy Time

• Parenting, life skills, and health classes for mothers

Our team is made up of dedicated ESOL teachers and children’s teachers (many of whom were once refugees) as well as passionate volunteers.



Fall (September-December)

Spring (February – May)

Class times



Memorial Drive Ministries Facility
5140 Memorial Dr.
Stone Mountain, GA 30083


Student eligibility

Refugee Family Literacy Program offers ESOL/U.S. citizenship classes for refugee women and early childhood development classes with children ranging in age from 3 months-5 years old.

Volunteer requirements

Basic Qualifications: 

• Committed to 1 day/week (Mon-Thurs, 9am-12pm)

• Pass a background check

• Minimum of 21 years of age

• Moderate amount of lifting and sitting on floor

• Experience working with children

• Experience in multicultural settings


General Responsibilities: 

• Work with teaching staff to implement a daily schedule of language rich, emotionally supportive learning and play for preschool children

• Attend to students’ basic needs

• Manage student behavior in a positive manner

• Nurture community among the program participants, staff, and volunteers


Emory Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing