IPALS – Adult Learning in Family Literacy

IPALS – Adult Learning in Family Literacy

IPALS – Adult Learning in Family Literacy

Date posted: April 4, 2014

While many adult learners return to learning because they want a job or a better job, there are also many who are motivated to learn new skills to benefit their children. And, family literacy programs are one way that parents can build the skills they need to support their child’s development.

A good example is the PALS (Parents as Literacy Supporters) in Immigrant Communities (IPALS) program. IPALS is a culturally responsive family literacy program designed to help immigrant and refugee families – and their young children – flourish in their new communities.

Families learn new strategies to support their young children’s literacy development and the benefits extend to all family members. Opportunities to build social networks and become familiar with neighbourhood schools are additional benefits. These results are not only supported by research but the impact is reflected in personal stories:
Literacy – One Family’s Journey
Making Canada Home

This program has been offered in seven different communities and school districts to over 700 families from 22 countries of origin and 14 language groups. Now funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, this program will be expanding to reach more communities in BC. To learn more about this program, contact Aliza Dhungana, Program Coordinator, at adhungana@decoda.ca.

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