Posted:12 September 2016
Author: Odette Lloyd, Community Learning Network
Found in: Family Literacy
Posted on behalf of the Centre for Family Literacy.
The Alberta Prairie C.O.W. Bus has delivered family literacy support to rural and urban communities for over twelve years. On the road since January 2004, the bus has travelled the length and breadth of the province, sharing family literacy ideas and resources with more than 88,000 adults and families. During that time, the program provided a friendly space for parents and young children to learn and explore fun new ways to add literacy activities into their daily lives. Trained literacy facilitators provided information on the importance of early language development and left behind, with each community they visited, a Legacy Library of 50 quality children’s books.
The 2016/2017 year will be the Alberta Prairie C.O.W.’s final year of programming. Alberta Advanced Education in consultation with the Centre for Family Literacy have determined that the funding previously earmarked for this program will be directed toward priorities identified through the renewal of the CALP Professional Development system.
We want to acknowledge and thank Alberta Advanced Education for their funding and support over these past 12 years, without which the program would not have been possible. We also want to acknowledge and thank all of the CALP professionals and partners who participated in Alberta Prairie C.O.W. bus programming. Our CALP partnerships were integral to the delivery of the program.
The Centre for Family Literacy and Alberta Advanced Education continue to be committed to family literacy and family literacy organizations across the province. The Provincial Government has developed a new model for the CALP PD system, in consultation with the Professional Development Advisory Committee (PDAC) and through broader system conversations, which includes the creation of the CALP Portal, the PD Logic Model, and Introduction to Adult Learning, along with the hiring of five full-time regional staff who can help you assess your PD needs, coordinate training, and provide one-on-one support and membership. We fully support these changes and will continue to collaborate with both Alberta Advanced Education and CLN in delivery of family literacy training in the province.