BUILDING VIBRANT LEARNING COMMUNITIES

Since the late 1970's, the Government of Alberta has supported community-based adult learning across the province. 

Rainbow Literacy & Learning Society is a CALP - Community Adult Learning Program organization for Adult Literacy and Learning.

As the first point of access for adult foundational learners, the community-based learning system has the crucial role of providing a non-threatening, flexible learning environment, as well as raising awareness and creating a culture of learning in communities.


Literacy and other foundational skills "have a significant influence on life outcomes - the ability to learn, health status, civic participation and social engagement, economic performance, and involvement with the justice system."* Community - based learning organizations are well-positioned to respond to diverse learning needs through adaptive programs and supports made possible through strong partnerships and coordination of services.

Building Vibrant Learning Communities, released in 2007 is a guiding document that helped the development of the Community Adult Learning Program Guidelines. The vision of this policy is that quality of life in communities is enhanced when strong community-based learning providers work collaboratively with post-secondary institutions so adults are able to engage in learning. All stakeholders-including government, communities, non-profit organizations, and post-secondary institutions-have a role to play in building vibrant learning communities.

*Living Literacy: A Literacy Framework for Alberta's Next Generation Economy. 2010,p 4.

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RAINBOW LITERACY & LEARNING SOCIETY IS A SPOKE OF THE GREATER FOOTHILLS FAMILY RESOURCE NETWORK.

Caregiver Capacity & Parent Education

Rainbow Literacy & Learning Society's Family programs may look the same but we now have a new stable funder for our programs. Our Family programs now fall under the category of Caregiver Capacity and Parent Education under the Family Resource Network which is funded by Children's Services.

We are pleased to be one of the spokes that make up the Greater Foothills Family Resource Network.

We are able to do referrals to our partnering spokes as well as to our Hub.

Our spoke partners are: The Greater Foothills Family Centre, Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills, Claresholm and District Family and Community Support Services, Foothills Community Counselling and Wild Rose Community Connections.