What is LEARN?

LEARN's focus is Family Literacy. 

Family Literacy programs are one way your organization may begin to address the literacy and foundational learning needs of adult Albertans.

LEARN uses and customizes approved Family Literacy models to deliver programs that help adults create learning environemnts for their children ages 0-6, as they learn and grow themselves. LEARN knows that families are the first and most important teachers. We provide families with parent education and support, as adults and children learn together.

Our programs help Alberta families achieve their goals and dreams, and improve education, jobs, and health for adults and children.



LEARN reaches all adult foundational learners that could benefit from a Family Literacy Program.



LEARN exists to create partnerships in the community to provide Family Literacy programs in many contexts.



  • LEARN values family as an important learning influence in lives

  • LEARN values all the ways in which all humans learn differently

  • LEARN values community and fosters partnerships

  • LEARN values every human being’s right to respect and dignity

  • LEARN values inclusivity and accessibility


Our Organization

LEARN stands for Lifelong Education And Resource Network. We're part of a provincial system of Community Adult Learning Programs (CALPs), funded by Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education (AEAE). 

LEARN is an Alberta society based in Medicine Hat. We're dedicated to engaging adult learners through family literacy programs. We strive to create learning opportunities that are respectful, accessible and inclusive.



Community Adult Learning Programs (CALPs)

The Community Adult Learning Program is an essential part of the Government of Alberta's overall strategy to support lifelong learning for Albertans. Creating a more vibrant and engaged province requires accessible lifelong learning opportunities for adults who seek to: 

improve their literacy and essential skills in order to meet their personal and career goals. 

There are over 80 Community Adult Learning Councils (CALPs) throughout Alberta. LEARN is the CALP for Medicine Hat and Cypress County. 

Alberta Advanced Education supports CALPs, like LEARN, to provide adult literacy, English language learning and other adult learning programs that are responsive and innovative in meeting adult learning needs.

A vibrant community adult learning system enables Advanced Education and Technology to meet our goals of improving local accessibility to adult learning, particularly for adults from under represented groups and those wanting to improve their literacy or other foundational skills.

In four regional meetings, over 100 representatives from community adult learning organizations and post-secondary institutions provided their ideas on how to strengthen community learning and literacy programs in Alberta. Their input along with that of the Roles and Mandates Policy Framework Community Adult Learning Working Group resulted in the release of: