Is this guide for you?
This guide is for anyone who is involved or interested in family literacy.
Family literacy practitioners and managers, and community partners may
use this guide to improve upon their family literacy programs. Family literacy
practitioners may include: librarians, early literacy specialists, teachers, family
resource program workers, adult literacy instructors, home visitors, public health
workers and anyone else who is involved in providing programming and direct
support to families.
Family service agencies, who are thinking of starting up a family literacy
program, or getting involved as a partner in family literacy work, will fi nd this
guide a very useful place to start. It will help direct their thinking and avoid some
Anyone wanting to know about family literacy in Ontario, including funders,
policymakers, and prospective volunteers, will find something of interest in this
How can you use this guide?
- Use it to guide your program planning and development.
- Skip straight to specific parts of it for quick reference.
- Use the statements as benchmarks for program evaluation.
- Photocopy and use the Action plan worksheet for agencies found in Appendix
B, section i. Go through each section of the guide with staff and program
partners to see how current practices and working partnerships could be
improved. Encourage critical refl ection and discussion. Make this an annual
program evaluation activity.
- Look to the recommended resources located at the end of each section and the
appendices for more information on specific topics and issues.
- Read it cover to cover to get an overview of family literacy programming and
gain perspective on where your own work fits into the big picture.
- Use it to help write compelling family literacy funding proposals.
- Use it to help recruit well-qualified staff and volunteers.
- Share the statements in presentations with community stakeholders to raise
awareness about family literacy and to develop partnerships and networks.