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Program Information

Our programs are hosted throughout Calgary by our program partners and cover many topics that improve adult literacy and essential skills.

Our programs are funded by the City of Calgary's Family & Community Support Services (FCSS).

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Parent Child Mother Goose (PCMG)

The PCMG program is a group experience for parents with 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

Literacy and Parenting Skills (LAPS)

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

LAPS is held at:

  • Recreation centres

  • Community centres

  • Low-income housing

  • Immigrant location services

 

New Beginnings: Parenting After Violence (PAV)

PAV 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, among other topics.

PAV is held at:

  • Women's shelters

  • Correctional facilities

  • Recovery centres

  • Community centres

 

First Steps in 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

 

Reading and Writing Circles

Reading and Writing Circles provides a safe environment where participants can write freely and receive non-judgmental, personalized help with reading, writing, and conversational English.

Reading and Writing Circles are held at:

  • Recreation centres

  • Community centres

  • Low-income housing

  • Immigrant location services

 

Workplace Learning Circle (WLC)

WLC 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, as well as succeeding at work and at home. This program can be tailored for Indigenous workplaces (I-WLC).

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 and talk, as well as helping parents through parenthood.

This program provides participating parents with free bags filled with baby books, parenting information, Calgary Public Library information, reading tips for families, as well as book suggestions.

Jumpstart/Books for Babies is held at:

  • 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, as well as how books can open doors for communication and quality time together. Parents will practice simple activities with their children, like crafting, singing, and rhyming. 

Homespun is held at:

  • Recreation centres

  • Community centres

  • Low-income housing

  • Immigration location services

 

Interested?

If you are interested in joining a program, visit Learner Information .

If you are interested in partnering with us to deliver a program, visit Agency and Partnership Information .