Create a site
Here are the main steps to create your own EFBA site and to become the volunteer site coordinator. We will be glad to help you during the process.
1. Find a second parent
Find a second parent volunteer to help you. A very successful combination is a French-speaking parent and an English-speaking parent, since together you will have a more complete understanding of both educational systems.
2. Organize your community
You now need to gather at least 10 francophone children. They are needed to have an anchor for a robust site and a long-lasting program. It is estimated that it takes 5-8 years to command a language and up to 12 to become bilingual. You may add as many American children as you wish. We will not mix them into the french classes for francophones, but EFBA program is geared for both English-speaking and French-speaking communities.
3. Find a school
You should now find a school where the after school classes can be held, ideally the school that your child attends. The school must accept kids who come from other schools. We prefer using public school facilities, but if your child is a student at a private school where classrooms are available for use, then that would work out as well. You should arrange to meet the principal of the school to present EFBA and ask for classroom space after school, preferrably free. If you wish, we can come with you to this meeting.
Note: if you are unsure in which school to establish the program, we suggest you contact the superintendent of your local school district.
4. Let the world know!
The only thing left to do is to start marketing your program to your neighbors, your playgroups, the school's newsletter, etc., in order to fill your classes. We provide flyers to help your marketing efforts.
5. EFBA support
EFBA will then recruit and hire teachers for your program and organize classes. We also provide the curriculum as well as the insurance.
6. You're ready!
Next September, enjoy the experience with your children and their new French pals.