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Alberta Prairie C.O.W. (Classroom On Wheels)

The Alberta Prairie C.O.W. program brings family literacy support and awareness to rural and urban communities throughout the province.

Alberta Prairie C.O.W. is funded by Government of Alberta, Advanced Education.

The Program:

  • The C.O.W. program sets up a friendly space for parents and younger children, zero to six years, to learn and explore fun new ways to add literacy activities into their daily lives.
  • At the invitation of local literacy groups, the C.O.W. tours rural and urban communities across Alberta participating in locally planned events. A visit from the C.O.W. is an exciting way to promote family literacy.
  • Trained family literacy facilitators provide information on the importance of early language development and leave behind a small library of quality children’s books with each community.

Family Literacy Workshops

  • Day trip visits from the C.O.W.
  • For parents and practitioners.
  • The C.O.W. program for families is open for visits before or after the workshop.

The Benefits:

For Families

  • Works with parents to help them read with their babies and preschoolers.
  • Presents parents with new ideas for family literacy activities to use at home.
  • Promotes oral language development - the foundation for literacy.
  • Raises awareness of parents as their child’s first and best teachers.

For Literacy Organizations

  • Promotes local programs and raises community awareness of the literacy programs being offered both locally and provincially.
  • Strengthens partnerships among local agencies.
  • Attracts the attention of local dignitaries, potential support agencies and decision-make.

For Communities

  • Increases the amount of children’s reading material available to local families.
  • The ultimate goal: a more literate society.

Learn more about the Alberta Prairie C.O.W. program, and discover craft ideas and why they are beneficial – on our blog, here!

Alberta Prairie C.O.W. Final Year Message

The Alberta Prairie C.O.W. Bus has delivered family literacy support to rural and urban communities for over ten years. On the road since January 2004, the bus has travelled the length and breadth of the province, sharing family literacy ideas and resources with more than 88,000 adults and families. During that time, the program provided a friendly space for parents and young children to learn and explore fun new ways to add literacy activities into their daily lives. Trained literacy facilitators provided information on the importance of early language development and left behind, with each community they visited, a small library of quality children’s books.

The 2016/2017 year will be the Alberta Prairie C.O.W.’s final year of programming. Alberta Advanced Education in consultation with the Centre for Family Literacy have determined that the funding previously earmarked for this program will be directed toward priorities identified through the renewal of the CALP Professional Development system.

We want to acknowledge and thank Alberta Advanced Education for their funding and support over these ten years, without which the program would not have been possible. We also want to acknowledge and thank all of the individuals and organizations that have supported or participated in this program over the past ten years. Your support and enthusiasm helped make this program possible.

Alberta Prairie C.O.W. Schedule


Two Hills - January 9

Kikino - January 18

Olds - January 27

Westlock - January 31

Maskwacis - February 14

Onoway - March 1

Lac La Biche & Plamondon - March 6 & 7

Winfield - March 16

Rockyford - March 21

Spruce View - March 28

Evansburg, Wildwood, MacKay - April 4-6 (workshops only)

Swan Hills - April 13

Coronation & area - April 18 & 19

Consort & Veteran - April 27 & 28

Water Valley - May 4

Provost & area - May 15-19

Rocky View County - May 29-June 2

Edson - June 6

Marlboro - June 7


Pincher Creek & area - February 9-12

Siksika - February 24-26

Sundre - March 1-2

Swan Hills - March 17

Hanna & area - March 21-24

Louis Bull - April 5-6

Innisfail - April 8

Provost & area - April 11-13

Evansburg, Wildwood, MacKay - April 19-21 (Workshops)

Consort - April 25-26

Millet - May 10

Thorsby - May 11

Warburg - May 12

Drayton Valley - May 16

Leduc - May 17

St. Albert - May 18

Wainwright & area - May 24-27

Thorhild - May 31

Pigeon Lake - June 1

High Prairie & area - June 6-10

Camrose - June 14

Fort Saskatchewan - June 15

Lacombe - June 17

High Level & area - June 20-24

Stony Plain - July 4

Fox Creek - July 5

Hay Lakes - July 6

Maskwacis - July 13

New Sarepta - July 20

Darwell - August 23

Andrew - August 24

Redwater - August 25

Mayerthorpe - September 1

Valleyview - September 9

Beaver County - September 13-14

Bentley - September 21

Bashaw - September 22

Flagstaff County - September 28-29

Sylvan Lake & area - October 5-7

Neerlandia - October 11

Warner & area - October 18-20

Stony Plain - November 1

Carbon & Morrin - November 15-16

Click here to view the Alberta Prairie C.O.W Bus Schedule and Photo Archive

For more information on this program, please call 780-421-7323 or e-mail

11642 142 St NW  Edmonton AB  T5M 1V4
780.421.7323 | Fax 780.421.7324