A third pattern seemed to emerge around the length of the programs: a number of people ran longer programs once they had more experience. During the second year, for example, a number of family literacy providers offered programs that lasted 12 weeks or more. In some communities, programs were so popular that people did not want them to end. In one community, at the request of program participants, the family literacy provider has decided to run one family literacy event a month during the summer.

Funding

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Family literacy providers identified that funding to run community projects was critical to their success. Most agreed that having funding available immediately after completing their training was an important incentive for them to start a project. People appreciated the simple application and reporting processes, and the support that the Literacy Council’s community literacy coordinator gave them in filling out the forms. Many said that, without easy access to funding, they would definitely not be able to run programs in the future. One respondent noted that it was because funding was available to run programs that family literacy now has a higher profile in communities.

A number of people indicated that they would like to see the funding for family literacy projects increased: some felt that the limited funding restricted what they could do. One person said, “Funders have to realize that literacy is expensive.”