The training focused on providing information on literacy, family literacy and emergent literacy (that is, literacy for young children). It provided resources on family literacy and helped people develop skills to deliver programs, such as:

  • Books in the Home
  • 1-2-3 Rhyme with Me
  • Families First

Who were the Participants?

Ideally, family literacy programs do not stand alone, but build on programs that already exist in the community, such as pre-school, school, library or adult basic education programs. Consequently, the Literacy Council encouraged people who were already working with programs to attend the training, although it was open to other community members as well. People who participated included:

  • Early childhood providers/ Aboriginal Head Start workers
  • Teachers
  • Adult educators
  • Librarians
  • Family resource centre workers
  • Nutrition program workers
  • Community health representatives

Outputs, Outcomes and Indicators

Training sessions and participants

From 2001 to 2004, 189 people took part in 7 regional training institutes: the number of people from each community varied. In addition, the community literacy coordinator from the Literacy Council conducted further training in Lutselk’e and Fort Smith for Families First, and in Tsiigehtchic for Families First, Books in the Home, and 1-2-3 Rhyme with Me. The community training sessions had 18 participants.