Elementary Literacy Inc., a not-for-profit charitable organization, and Elementary Literacy Friends (ELF), a community-based initiative, aim to leverage and capitalize upon the expertise and experience of educators, parents and community volunteers for increasing the literacy achievement of grade two students across New Brunswick. Together we can ensure more children reach grade level literacy by the end of grade two.
The Elementary Literacy Friends program engages many partners for successfully supporting children’s literacy success.
Volunteers, Parents, & Educators
Volunteers are key to the success of both our programs, ELF and CLEF. Our volunteers recognize that communities need to support educators’ efforts for obtaining the best results for every student and that that in doing so, we more widely promote the importance of education and specifically, literacy.
Currently ELF Volunteers are all working as tutors with students in schools across New Brunswick. If you would like to become involved as a volunteer, but not directly with a student, please contact us for discussing some options. Volunteers may be used to help recruit volunteers, provide mentorship to existing volunteers or help organize various events throughout the year.
Elementary Literacy Friends (ELF) is a supplementary reading program delivered by trained community volunteers designed for providing grade two students who require additional literacy support the one-on-one time the require for mastering various concepts and skills that will enable them to read well. Over the course of 10 weeks, ELF students meet with their volunteer tutor twice per week for one hour after school, in the school.
How are children identified for ELF
Classroom teachers refer those children to ELF who would benefit from a boost of research-based support to put them on a bright path of reading success. Children benefit from additional time-on-task to practice their skills, one-on-one support from an adult mentor other than their teacher or parent and increased exposure to print and books. ELF programs do not replace classroom teaching or other forms of intervention, particularly intensive, skilled interventions that are required for remediating diagnosed reading disabilities.
Screening and Training Volunteers
Elementary Literacy Inc. requires that all volunteers complete the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s, “Policy 701 for the Protection of Pupils” and a criminal background check prior to entering schools. Volunteers must also attend a formalized training session administered by retired reading specialists for preparing them to work with students. This training session serves as a third opportunity for observing volunteers and ensuring they are a good fit for working with young children.
Elementary Literacy Inc. actively collaborates with school-, district- and department-level educators for providing ELF and CLEF programs that are effective, responsive and up-to-date on current teaching and learning practices. Classroom teachers refer students to our programs and provide data about student progress throughout the tutoring session to further ensure that our processes and programs, including our training session, is effective.
How do I get ELF Programming in my school?
Please contact us to discuss the possibility of offering ELF programming at your school; we are currently expanding and would love to have your school join us! Many factors contribute to a successful ELF program at a school, however, including strong commitment from the principal and grade two teachers, as well as the identification of a staff member, typically a literacy specialist, who is responsible for coordinating ELF tutors when they are in the schools and liaising with Elementary Literacy Inc. staff.
Please contact us to request more information on offering ELF at your school.
An investment of your time or resources in ELF programming is an investment in the future – a future filled with possibilities and opportunities for New Brunswick’s youngest children.
We are very thankful to the business community in New Brunswick who are so highly supportive of our work.
A special thank you to:
Reaching all those New Brunswick children who require reading support requires time and money. An investment of your time or resources in ELF programming is an investment in the future – a future filled with possibilities and opportunities for New Brunswick’s youngest children.