Due to budget cuts, the ALIVE Literacy and Baby Talk programs are no longer offered after December 2015.
The mission of the Kankakee Community College ALIVE Literacy and Baby Talk Program is to stress the importance of literacy within the community and to, therefore, encourage lifelong learning. Program services include tutoring for adults and early literacy education enrichment for newborns.
The Community Literacy Project
The Community Literacy Project provides educational instruction for adults who need help with their basic reading, writing, computation and English skills. Tutoring sessions and materials are provided at no cost to the student. The Community Literacy Project seeks to empower adults, as individual learners, to gain the confidence and self esteem needed to continue on the path towards economic and social success through education.
The Baby Talk program
The BabyTalk program introduces the importance of early literacy to parents of newborns at Provena St. Mary’s, Riverside and Iroquois Memorial Hospitals. This program is a collaborative effort between Kankakee Community College, United Way of Kankakee County, Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley, area hospitals, and trained volunteers.
BabyTalk is also a strong, collaborative partner with United Way’s Success by Six Born Learning program. Through these partnerships, the BabyTalk program provides early childhood education and family literacy support. The BabyTalk program also encourages local parents to read to their child, therefore creating a parent/ child bond and establishing reading as a valued personal and educational activity.
For more information, contact Shannan Carrell, specialist, at 815-802-8307 or firstname.lastname@example.org.