Creston Family Literacy Home Page

 Creston Family Literacy is located in Creston, B.C., Canada. In partnership with four other communities, we form East Kootenay Family Literacy, a regional project.
Visit our beautiful valley's home page at crestonbc.com.

An Advisory Committee for Family Literacy was formed in response to an open invitation from the Fundamental Level Adult Basic Education program at the College of the Rockies, Creston Campus. Initiated by the Regional Literacy Coordinator from Literacy B.C., committees were formed in the communities of Creston, Cranbrook, Golden, Invermere and Kimberley, B.C.. Anyone with a vested interest in children or literacy was contacted. 

In Creston a diverse committee of sixteen members represents a cross-section of the community. The committee's main objectives are to identify existing literacy services and programs in the community and to develop and plan a family learning program to support existing programs or to implement new strategies to meet identified needs. 

An early result of the Advisory Committee's discussions was the hiring in the community of a Family Literacy Coordinator. The Coordinator has 10 hours a week to help implement other Family Literacy programs in the community and secure necessary funding. An important aspect of the Coordinator's position is supporting existing services and developing partnerships between participating agencies and programs. 

The response to Family Learning in Creston has been very positive with support from many people in the community. While still in the developmental stages of becoming an entity in Creston, many areas needing support have been identified. Meeting those needs is important to a healthy, productive lifestyle and society in the Creston Valley. To address the needs in the valley, Creston Family Learning is taking issues one step at a time. 

Upcoming Events
The Creston Family Literacy Advisory Committee's first step is to offer a program called "Parents Reading, Children Succeeding" beginning in the fall of '98. Introductory workshops will be offered to parents with their children on general topics such as learning styles, acquisition of literacy skills, including literacy activities in daily life, and how to support your child's learning. Further sessions will be tailored to participants' needs and wants. 
Literacy Links Pages 
Over the summer, through the Human Resources and Development Canada Summer Student Employment program, Creston Family Learning had a student doing Internet research. These links are the result of her work, a compilation of the most useful and interesting resources she found. Within each page, the links are listed in order of usefulness.

Books - Information on ordering books from various organizations. 

    Internet Resources - Links to helpful Internet sites. 

Math - Sites pertaining to numeracy. 

    Reports - Interesting reports, stories, ideas, on literacy and education. 

Fundraising - Sites to help organizations find grants, corporate donations, etc. 

    Search Engines - All the search engines I could find. 

Worthy Causes - Groups we think are worth a look. 

    Fun Stuff - Hey, what can I say? It's a requisite! 

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Creston Family Literacy August 25, 1998