Programs supporting literacy and numeracy have been a focus of the CFAX Santas Anonymous funding committee for two decades.
Early intervention programs such as the 1000x5 Children's Book Recycling program is an example of the importance of reaching children with books at an early age. It provides resources for babies and preschoolers and strategies for their adults in the crucial early child development.
Centre for Outreach Education (UVIC) CORE is a donor funded child-centric service provider that hires teachers in training to provide weekly safe, flexible and responsive 1:1 or group literacy support to children K-8 who face barriers to learning (Autism, ADD, Dyslexia, Etc). During Covid this program required extra support to deliver the program to local children.
Story Studio – Imagine the excitement of writing and publishing a book. Creative Writing Workshops for Vulnerable Youth. Story Studio delivers online workshops to approx. 25 public school classes or community groups in the capital region. Their goal is to support large populations of vulnerable youth who come from less affluent socio-economic backgrounds and are at risk in terms of their academic achievement.
Victoria Literacy Connection Society (VLC) – Through Covid, VLC pivoted and created an E-Reading Book Club Program. The VLC E-Reading Book Club is online reading support for those in grades 2-5.