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Program Information

The Further Education Society's programs are hosted throughout Calgary by our program partners and cover a variety of topics that improve literacy and essential skills for the vulnerable populations of Calgary.

 

Our programs are funded by Calgary Learns and the City of Calgary's Family & Community Support Services.

Parent Child Mother Goose (PCMG)

Literacy and Parenting Skills (LAPS)

Parenting After Violence (PAV)

The PCMG program is a group experience for parents and their babies and young children. Parents learn rhymes, songs and stories to teach their children about language. Parents learn how to make family life positive and fun for their children.

 

PCMG is held at:

  • Recreation Centres

  • Community Centres

  • Low-income Housing

  • Immigrant Location Services

A program based on parenting topics that strengthens the literacy skills of parents while giving them strategies to model good literacy practices with their children. Children’s books, donated by partners, are given to participants to take home to share with their children. 
This program can be tailored for ESL or Indigenous learners.

LAPS is held at:

  • Recreation Centres

  • Community Centres

  • Low-income Housing

  • Immigrant Location Services

Parenting After Violence is an award-winning program that increases confidence levels and literacy skills of parents and children affected by family violence. PAV covers topics like emotional wellness, understanding anger, single parenting, family patterns, boundaries, and more!
 
PAV is held at:
  • Women's Shelters
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Recovery Centres
  • Community Centres

Financial Literacy

Our Financial Literacy program is designed to help people increase their comfort level with basic money management. Topics discussed include budgeting, banking, needs vs. wants, grocery shopping, and more.

 

Financial Literacy is held at:

  • Recreation Centres

  • Community Centres

  • Low-income Housing

  • Immigrant Location Services

Writing Circles

The Further Education Society's Writing Circles provide a safe environment where participants can write freely and receive non-judgemental, personalized, help with reading, writing, and conversational English. 

Writing Circles are held at:

  • Recreation Centres

  • Community Centres

  • Low-income Housing

  • Immigrant Location Services

Workplace Learning Circles (WLC)

Workplace Learning Circles is an adoption of the LAPS curriculum for workplace settings which include basic essential skills. Topics covered include an introduction to essential skills, oral communication, listening skills, working with others, succeeding at work and home.
 
This program can be tailored for Indigenous workplaces 

 

WLC has been held at:

  • Walmart

  • The Grey Eagle Resort and Casino

  • Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino

Jumpstart / Books for Babies

Jumpstart / Books for Babies program recognizes, celebrates and supports parents as their child’s first teacher. It is designed to assist parents with their parenting skills and to encourage parents to read to their children from an early age. Jumpstart covers topics like helping babies grow, helping babies talk, and helping parents survive.
 
Jumpstart / Books for Babies provides participating parents with free bags filled with baby books, parenting information, Calgary Public Library information, reading tips for families and book suggestions.
 
Jumpstart/Books for Babies is held in:
  • Recreation Centres
  • Community Centres
  • Low-income Housing
  • Immigrant Location Services

Homespun​

Homespun is for adults who want to learn more about reading and interacting with their children. Parents learn what books are best for children, how to be comfortable reading and telling stories, how books can open doors for communication and quality time together. Parents will practice simple activities with their children, including crafts and learning songs and rhymes.
Homespun is held at:
  • Recreation Centres
  • Community Centres
  • Low-income Housing
  • Immigrant Location Services