Authors: Ontario Literacy Coalition (OLC)
This report describes the preliminary findings of a project aimed at mapping out Ontario’s existing family literacy system, identifying gaps in it, and outlining promising new approaches. The project was funded by the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and was led by the Ontario Literacy Coalition, now called Essential Skills Ontario.
The authors note that Ontario has a patchwork of family literacy programs, making it difficult to determine whether programs are effective. Regions across the province are being encouraged to correct some of this chaos by coordinating and integrating their services and developing a network of Child and Family Centres (CFCs), which will offer a continuum of early learning, childcare, and family supports.
The authors also encourage program planners to make sure that small community-based organizations are included in the CFC approach.
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