Parents

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 mentor 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.