Success in learning starts from infancy…

Literacy development of families impacts every area of our lives: health, employment, economic status, and life chances. And because literacy starts from infancy, it is important to provide families with the tools, resources and opportunities to engage in family literacy activities early in a child’s development.

For our definition of family literacy, click here.

With your support, and the support of our partners, we provide parents and caregivers with some wonderful resources that directly and positively affect the language and literacy development of young children. This support – especially in communities where English is a second language – is building strong individuals, strong families and strong communities.

Mother’s Story: Without the schooling I was stuck

Samantha Bilokraly was a stay at home mom for five years. She wanted to start a career, get out of the house and make her family a two-income household. She says, “It is hard to live off one income and daycare is so expensive. Without the schooling I was stuck.” This year, Samantha began attending… Read more

A Fresh Start in Canada

Aliza appears in our September, 2016 Literacy is Life campaign on CBC British Columbia. She explains in her own words why programs such as IPALS (Immigrant Parents as Literacy Supporters) are so important to new British Columbians: As a mother who came to Canada from Nepal five years ago, I understand the stress that Syrian… Read more

Program Spotlight: Love 2 Learn

Love 2 Learn is a family literacy program that was developed in Nelson, BC. The program brings children 3-5, parents and caregivers, and schools together so that families become comfortable in the school environment, and so parents and caregivers further encourage their child’s learning.  When you think of a “family literacy program,” do you automatically… Read more

Family program helps son – and mom

While Vivienne was happy about the progress Nathan was making, she was also benefitting from the program. “I began to make friends and I was able to talk to them and practice my English. I also learned about Canadian ways…how to be a parent in Canada and the school system.”  Leaving everything behind to start… Read more