Authors: Yvon Laberge
This presentation offers both an overview of family literacy in the Canadian context and a detailed look at some specific programs aimed at parents and their young children.
The author begins with a discussion of some of the factors that shape Canada, including its huge landmass and two-tier system of government. Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories mean that there are 13 different approaches to literacy delivery, with little or no transferability between programs from one province or territory to another.
As well, unlike most industrialized countries, Canada does not have a national literacy strategy.
The presentation includes two case studies of family literacy research in Canada. One focuses on the impact of French-language family literacy programs on Francophone families in linguistic minority settings in Ontario, while the other is part of a longitudinal study of children and parents in a literacy-intervention program in Alberta.