The Agenda for Children Literacy Initiative (AFC) is an early literacy program initiative supporting moms, dads and caregivers of young children, birth to 8 years, based at Cambridge Public Health Department. 

AFC carries out its work through three programs:

  1. Let’s Talk! works with moms, dads and caregivers to support the development of young children’s language and literacy skills through a broad range of activities including home visits, parent workshops, family events, and book distribution.
    Many of Let’s Talk! programs and services are provided by Literacy Ambassadors – multilingual, multicultural, trained parents who serve as links between the Agenda for Children Literacy Initiative and families in the community.
  1. Cambridge Dads strives to ensure dads are engaged, informed, and feel supported in their role as parents. It also aims to change the culture of Cambridge’s social services network to be more father-inclusive. Cambridge Dads is a partnership between AFC and the Center for Families.
  2. Pathways to Family Success supports low-income immigrant families living in Cambridge with children in kindergarten to 3rd grade. Parents learn more about the U.S. public school system, connect with other parents, learn about community resources, and participate in fun literacy activities for the whole family. Pathways is a partnership of Agenda for Children Literacy Initiative,  Center for Families, Cambridge Housing Authority, and the Community Learning Center.

Updated: June 2, 2022