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.
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, 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.
The first “train-the-trainer” session was held in October 2001 with 65 participants from five different regions in Canada gathering in Pictou, Nova Scotia. These participants are now training other practitioners in their own regions to give them a common foundation in the theory and practice of family literacy.
In 2002, Community Literacy Ontario adapted Foundational Training in Family Literacy to an online environment and delivered a pilot training session to 20 practitioners. It was a great success and in 2005 the online version became the format for delivering this training.
With funding from the National Office of Literacy and Learning of Human Resources and Social Development Canada, the Centre sought national feedback on the Foundational Training materials. As a result of the feedback and in consultation with provincial and national literacy organizations, Foundational Training in Family Literacy was revised, updated and expanded to enhance the program. The new training program now called Foundations in Family Literacy was offered online starting in 2008.
The final phase was to work with colleges and literacy partners across the country to adapt the training for use in an online format at a college level.
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.