3.4 Recommendations of the research

Recommendation 1: Choose a structured family literacy program model that has clear goals and is
accompanied by a manual that has been tested.

Recommendation 2: Develop proactive recruitment strategies that are aimed directly at the target

Recommendation 3: Encourage all practitioners to follow the training Fondements de l'alphabetisation
familiale dans un contexte minoritaire francophone

Recommendation 4: Provide training to practitioners where the family literacy program model used
includes such training and give them supervision and support throughout the program.

Recommendation 5: For family literacy program models that do not include training for the practitioners
(e.g., Lire et écrire a la maison), develop such a training.

Recommendation 6: Ensure that the structure of the program is in place; that is, as much as possible,
establish the location where the workshops will take place, respect the start and end dates, begin
and finish the workshops on time and stick to the planned themes.

Recommendation 7: Provide an opportunity for parents to borrow educational resources (e.g., kits), since
many families have limited financial resources and educational resources in French in minority settings are

Recommendation 8: Develop partnerships with other French-language community organizations in the
region in order to increase the visibility of educational centres for adults, to facilitate a sharing of resources
(venues, expertise, etc.), to attract a clientele that could be at risk and to create a support network for
Francophone families.

Recommendation 9: When a new partnership is established that involves the loan or rental of space,
make sure the venue can welcome both adults and children.

Recommendation 10: Think about ways of making family literacy programs more appealing to men. It
might be a good idea to conduct a study on this issue.

Recommendation 11: Target the age range of the children more specifically, in order to better serve
the needs of parents and ensure that they are satisfied.

Recommendation 12: Establish a clear and precise protocol that sets out how to deal with children during
the workshops. The protocol could be presented to parents at the first workshop to enlist their full
cooperation and to improve the welcome and the service provided to the children.

Recommendation 13: Follow up on the program evaluation by handing out a questionnaire to parents at
the last workshop.

Recommendation 14: Adopt a model that contains activities specifically designed for children. Research
shows that the impact of a family literacy program is much lower when the children are not included in the
program or when a daycare service is used.