The Centre for Community Learning & Development, formerly known as East End Literacy, was founded in 1979 as a community-based literacy organization serving downtown east Toronto. Over the past three decades, we have evolved to respond to changing community needs, including the growing demand for initiatives that promote active learning and active citizenship of newcomers and others who are isolated in the community.
Timeline: How we have helped people make a new start
- East End Literacy was founded as a community-based literacy organization to offer Literacy and Basic Skills funded by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
- Clear Language and Design is launched as an integrated fee-for-service public education program, focused on raising awareness about the impact of inaccessible language.
- Immigrant Women Integration Program, with a grant from the Trillium Foundation, to address issues of isolation, lack of culturally sensitive services and the language barriers faced by newcomers to Toronto.
- Pilot the Job Readiness and Communication Management Techniques course to help people find jobs in the community, which became a component of the Academic Upgrading Program.
- Name changed to Toronto Centre for Community Learning & Development to reflect the organization’s broader mandate in the community.
- Daniels Centre for Learning opens in partnership with the University of Toronto, Ryerson University and George Brown College and with the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Daniels Corporation and Toronto Community Housing.
Pilot the Civic Engagement and Community Development Initiative with the help of generous contributions from the Catherine Donnelly Foundation and City of Toronto (AEHR).
- Youth Empowering Parents program launched, with support of the Social Investment Fund, Toronto Community Housing.