Authors: Tantramar Family Resource Centre
Collection: Learning Materials
This document outlines a community-based research project developed by the students in a senior-level sociology course at Mount Allison University, in partnership with the Tantramar Family Resource Centre in Sackville, New Brunswick. The project examined the ways in which families experience and define literacy; how they interact with literacy resources; and how community literacy services might better suit their needs.
The students interviewed seven lower-income local parents and seven service providers. They also completed a literature review on the topic of family literacy.
The students came up with a variety of recommendations for making literacy programs more accessible to lower-income families, including offering flexible hours; providing childcare; and helping with transportation costs.
They also suggested offering programs dedicated specifically to the needs of lower-income families, pointing out that some poorer families have had negative experiences in economically integrated programs and would prefer not to risk being judged by others who do not understand the challenges they face in their day-to-day lives.