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ABOUT CFEC

The Canucks Family Education Centre (CFEC) operates in partnership with the Canucks for Kids Fund, The Vancouver Sun Raise-a-Reader program, Britannia Community Services Centre Society, Vancouver School Board, Main Street Education Centre, Burnaby School District, Frontier College and many other programs and service providers. The Centre opened October 3, 2002.

The primary goal of the Canucks Family Education Centre is to provide a seamless system of quality family literacy and early learning programming for children, youth and adults.

The mandate of the Canucks Family Education Centre is to positively impact low literacy levels on Vancouver’s Eastside and other locations throughout the province of British Columbia by providing a co-coordinated, comprehensive, integrated-services approach to family literacy and lifelong learning.

This integrated-services approach has two main purposes: i) to develop collaborative relationships between existing service providers and, ii) to share resources, knowledge and expertise. Services are integrated with the following characteristics as priorities:

Integrated Services Diagram

CFEC’S APPROACH TO LEARNING

CFEC is a school and community-based family education centre that provides meaningful opportunities for children, youth and adults to learn together. Our programs address school transitions, they are barrier-free (with universal access), and we welcome participants of all literacy levels and language abilities. We provide personalized learning and work with parents and children to build on their knowledge and skills. Children don’t live alone; they live with adults. If the primary caregivers (parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents) don’t have strong literacy and parenting skills they won’t be able to help their children have success in school and in life.

WHO DO WE WORK WITH

We work with parents and extended family members who are interested in improving their English and/or parenting skills. This includes participants whose first language is English, as well as English language learners, including immigrants, refugees and refugee claimants.

WHY WE DO THIS WORK

We address the gaps in services that stop parents and families from succeeding. When we work with existing service providers, we maximize our shared human, financial and knowledge resources, as well as establish important connections between the families, the school and the broader community.

WHY PARENTS COME TO CFEC

Parents come to CFEC for a variety of reasons. Many are looking for programs that offer one-stop educational support for their family – programs that include early learning opportunities for their children and English language and/or high school completion for themselves through the Main Adult Education Centre (SD39) or Burnaby Community & Continuing Education (SD41). Our programs are accessible (barrier-free, with a convenient location and time), inviting (a comfortable space with welcoming staff and fellow parents to connect with), and safe (where mutual respect is practiced).

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS & SERVICES

We provide opportunities for volunteers and practicum students from Frontier College, UBC, SFU and Langara to earn credit towards their diplomas and/or degrees. We provide opportunities for leadership development within our parent groups and, where possible, we hire parents to deliver aspects of our program delivery. We also provide other opportunities for certification through our Early Childhood Education Assistant Training program (now in its third year!).

CFEC also conducts on-going research. Beginning in 2005 we undertook a 3-year research project to look at the impact our PIE program had on the parents and service providers we work with.

FURTHER INFORMATION

The Canucks Family Education Centre is also featured on the Vancouver Canucks website.