Literacy Development

Simcoe Muskoka Literacy Network
The Simcoe/Muskoka Literacy Network (SMLN)  is your information source about essential skills training and academic upgrading for adults in Simcoe County and Muskoka.

Literacy and Basic Skills are skills necessary to function as a contributing member of the community.  These skills include everything from reading and writing to math to participating in society.
Essential Skills are the skills people need for work, learning and life.  They include literacy and are the basis for learning all other skills. Each year in Ontario, 50,000 people decide to upgrade their skills for work, further training, and life.

Click here to learn more about the Simcoe/Muskoka Literacy Network.

Literacy Society of South MuskokaLiteracy, numeracy and essential skills services that help individuals achieve goals related to further education and training, employment or increased independence.  Support is provided in clarifying upgrading goals and developing a training plan to achieve them.

The Literacy Society of South Muskoka (LSSM) have as its mission, the effective provision of literacy and numeracy programs to adults of South Muskoka so that they can learn the skills necessary for participation in society. Reading is everyone's right. 
The Literacy Society of South Muskoka is funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to help adults upgrade their basic skills. This is offered in a one-to-one tutoring arrangement or in a small workshop format. The focus is on learning outcomes that meet the learners’ needs. Workplace skills that increase job opportunities are a high priority; further training and education, and, skills towards greater independence are also recognized goals. 

Click here to link to the Literacy Society of South Muskoka or call 705-687-9323 for more information.

YMCA Literacy Services

The vision for YMCA Literacy Services (formerly Muskoka Literacy Council) is a vibrant community where all adults possess the functional literacy and essential skills necessary to participate to their full potential at home, at work and in their community.

We work with individuals to deliver training in the following areas:
  • Academic upgrading (non-credit)
  • Literacy and basic skills in reading, writing and math
  • Computer and life skills
  • GED and ACE preparation
  • E-learning
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
You can choose to learn through one on one tutoring or as part of a small group.
YMCA Literacy Services offers daytime and evening classes.
Click here to learn more about the YMCA Literacy Services.

Early Literacy

Hands - The Family Help Network is an accredited organization dedicated to improving the life experiences of families, children, youth, and developmentally challenged adults who need support and guidance.
Through our services in mental health, autism, developmental disabilities, and the pre-natal to six years, Hands serves more than 4500 families across Parry Sound, Nipissing, Muskoka, North Bay and Northern Ontario.

Click here to access HANDS - The Family Help Network for information on Early Literacy in Muskoka or call 1-800-668-8555.

Click here to link to Sandy Inkster's Early Literacy Muskoka Facebook page.

Other Literacy Resources

Click here to link to Library Programs in Muskoka.

Click here to learn more information about the School Boards in Simcoe Muskoka.

Click here to learn more about Post Secondary Education in Muskoka.

Click here to access the National Adult Literacy Database.

Click here to access the HRDC Office of Literacy and Essential Skills.