Literacy in The Wrap

March 9, 2011

Community involvement in family literacy

By Kim Oastler, Ottawa Citizen

also is a small community-based learning centre in the heart of Ottawa. also builds on individual and family strengths supporting the development of the skills needed for work, training and daily living. We offer adult upgrading, deaf adult upgrading and family literacy programs. For over 29 years, also has been here offering literacy programming to adults and families in the Ottawa community. We work with adults who are living on a low income, who may have barriers to learning in a regular classroom setting and who want to improve their reading, writing, math and computer skills to get a job, get a better job, go back to high school or access training.

For the last 10 years we have been reaching out with our family literacy program called the Reading and Parents Program (RAPP). Through RAPP we serve over 200 families each year. Our community partners include the Lowertown Community Resource Centre, Overbrook Forbes Community Resource Centre, Vanier Community Service Centre, Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre, Heartwood House and York Street Public School. There is currently no government funding supporting family literacy programs in Ontario. We have to raise the money ourselves as a not for profit, charitable organization supporting low income adults and families in our community.



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CODE has started contributing regular literacy-themed articles in a new Ottawa Citizen feature called “The Wrap” - a four-page pull-out section delivered Wednesdays, as part of the Ottawa Citizen’s Flyer Force delivery, and Fridays, to home delivery subscribers!

The column will be shared with other literacy organizations and partners of CODE and is a wonderful opportunity for CODE to share its literacy stories.