COMMUNITY LITERACY OF ONTARIO
Exploring Options for the Future Delivery of Fundational Training in Family Literacy in Ontario
August 29, 2004
Literacy organizations across Ontario have been delivering family literacy for many years, but until a few years ago there was no nationally recognized foundational training that provided consistency across all provinces. The Centre for Family Literacy in Edmonton, Alberta has changed all that! In consultation with a pan-Canadian team of experts from universities and family literacy organizations from across Canada, the Centre for Family Literacy developed Foundational Training in Family Literacy. The goals of this foundational training are to provide a common knowledge base to family literacy practitioners across Canada and to give professional credibility to the field. This nationally recognized training is now being offered across Canada by various provincial organizations.
Here in Ontario, Community Literacy of Ontario (CLO) and the Ontario Literacy Coalition (OLC) were delighted to bring this valuable and nationally recognized training to the Ontario literacy community. We are also excited to be jointly building a made-in-Ontario approach to this national training.
In 2002/2003, Community Literacy of Ontario received funding from the National Literacy Secretariat (HRDC) and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to deliver the Foundational Training in Family Literacy. This training was delivered via a series of six live, online, interactive training seminars once per month from January to June 2003 to 21 participants from community literacy agencies. The evaluation results were overwhelmingly positive.