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Literacy Connections program cover The Literacy Connections program provides concrete ways for schools, Early Years Centres, community organizations and daycares to support the development of literacy skills at home and encourage a love of reading within the families they serve. It is designed to help parents and caregivers use effective strategies when reading with the children in their lives.

The Literacy Connections program can be run in two ways:
1. As a lending program where parents borrow the materials from an organization for use at home
2. As a workshop where parents come together to participate in the program

The resource includes

  • The Literacy Connections Implementation Manual and Workshop Kit which provides step-by-step instructions for running a lending program or workshop and includes all handouts, forms, promotional flyers and materials needed.
  • The Literacy Connections Start at Home Guide for Parents designed for use in the lending program and takes parents through the Literacy Connections video with full instructions, activities and tips.
  • The Literacy Connections Video featuring a series of vignettes showing parents and children involved in reading aloud, shared reading/shared discussion, and guided reading. Throughout the video, parents and children share valuable insights about reading and literacy.

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Literacy Connections Implementation Manual and Workshop Kit
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Literacy Connections Start at Home Guide for Parents
literacycnct_startsample_en.pdf (PDF, 212KB)

Thank you to our sponsor

The Ontario Trillium Foundation The Ontario Trillium Foundation logo

This new Literacy Connections initiative is being funded through The Ontario Trillium Foundation. The Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, receives annually $100 million of government funding generated through Ontario's charity casino initiative. The Foundation provides grants to eligible charitable and not-for-profit organizations in the arts, culture, sports, recreation, environment and social service sectors.

First Book Canada First Book Canada logo

Almost 25% of Canadian households do not have a single book. First Book Canada, the national, nonprofit organization, is transforming the lives of kids in need by making brand new, high quality books and educational resources available on an ongoing basis. Through a market-driven model, First Book Canada is creating equal access to quality education affordable to its member network of more than 8,000 educators and community program administrators who exclusively serve kids in need. Since 2009, First Book Canada has distributed more than 6 million books and educational resources to hundreds of thousands of kids across Canada.

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