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Family Literacy Online Certificate Program

In an exciting partnership between the Centre for Family Literacy, Vancouver Community College and Conestoga College, a Certificate program in Family Literacy is now available online. The curriculum is based on the Centre's Foundations in Family Literacy (2009) which has been developed by leaders in the field.

Conestoga College course information

Information and order form for Foundations in Family Literacy textbooks

Foundations in Family Literacy – How it All Began

In 2001, the Centre developed Foundational Training in Family Literacy, a one-week training program specifically targeting family literacy practitioners in Alberta.

The training program attracted intense interest from family literacy practitioners across the country. During 2001-2002, the Centre for Family Literacy, with generous funding from the National Literacy Secretariat and a group of 20 authors with expertise in family literacy, redeveloped the Foundational Training program for national use.

Train the Trainer sessions were held in the Fall of 2001 in Pictou, Nova Scotia and in the Spring of 2002 in Calgary, Alberta. The goal was to develop a group of trainers with a common foundation in the theory and practice of family literacy, who would deliver the training to practitioners in their own regions of the country. A number of successful face to face trainings took place across the country over the next couple of years.

In 2005 a preliminary form of Foundational Training was delivered in an on-line format through the Centre for Family Literacy's First Class Conferencing system. It too was very successful and was deemed a valid way to be able deliver the training to still more family literacy workers. At the same time, practitioners expressed considerable interest in the development of a college certificate program so that they could receive recognized credit for completing the training. This led to a Centre for Family Literacy partnership with Vancouver Community College in B.C. and Conestoga College in Ontario to develop and deliver an on-line certificate program, which would be named Foundations in Family Literacy. The revised program was completed in 2011, with funding from the National Office of Literacy and Learning. The project also included an updated set of training manuals, developed, again, with input from family literacy practitioners across the county.

In September 2010, Foundations in Family Literacy was first offered as a certificate program at Vancouver Community College, and has recently been taken over by Conestoga College.

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