The Queens Learning Network became a society in 1995 and since then has offered a variety of programs in both North and South Queens. In March 1995 a Literacy Grant from the Community Learning Initiative (CLI) was approved and the first programs were established.
In North Queens a coordinator was hired for the Break the Cycle Program in September 1995 and in October a Tutor Coordinator was hired in South Queens for the First Steps to Family Literacy program.
In 1996 a needs assessment was done to identify the literacy needs of the county and funding from CLI was received to establish a Level 3/4 classroom in South Queens. This ran from September to March 1997. That summer a student was hired to again conduct a survey of the upgrading needs of Queens’s county residents and the programs in South Queens were changed. The job of Volunteer Tutor Coordinator was created to recruit and screen volunteers and students. The position of Tutor Coordinator was changed to a Level 1/2 Instructor. In 2000-2001, this expanded to include a part day Level 3 classroom as well as a part day Level 1/2 classroom. A HRDC Summer Placement Grant allowed the hiring of a student to provide a Summer Tutoring program. A Family Endowment Grant enabled the Network to offer Family Literacy opportunities to families in Queens.
The success of the Level 3 program resulted in it becoming a full day classroom in 2001-2002 with the Level 1/2 classroom continuing part day with both classes growing in numbers. In September 2003, North Queens was also changed to a part-time Level 1/2 classroom which closed in 2013. A Coordinator based in Liverpool is responsible for ALP and Family Literacy programs in Queens County.
We were registered as a Charitable Organisation February 3, 2004.