In 2002, the Ontario Literacy Coalition (OLC) hosted a symposium, Family Literacy Matters, with delegates representing many different fi elds as well as regions of Ontario. The purpose of this symposium was to network, share ideas, and lay the groundwork for a family literacy strategy for Ontario. As a result of this symposium, the OLC was charged with the mandate of creating a working group to take family literacy in Ontario to the next step. Action for Family Literacy Ontario (AFLO) was created and has been taking concrete steps towards fulfi lling its mandate since that time.
AFLO approached the idea of this guide based on feedback from practitioners in the family literacy fi eld that indicated the need for a made-in-Ontario approach to best practices for family literacy. The National Literacy Secretariat (NLS) provided the funding to produce such a resource. This best practices document was researched and written in order to provide specifi c information to Ontario family literacy practitioners. Because family literacy in Ontario is an emerging fi eld nestled within early childhood education and adult literacy, family literacy practitioners have a need for shared information. This is one of the baby steps that AFLO has taken in order to inform practitioners and link them to AFLO. This guide is intended to be a starting point for practitioners to examine their programs and determine how to improve upon their current practices and to recognize the good work they are already doing.
It is our hope that this guide to best practices will be a starting point for AFLO and other family literacy practitioners. It is our intention that this guide will be a living document. In other words, the practitioners reading and using this guide will use the information to shape their programs into more of what they envision their programs to be.
This is our gift to you.
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