Children & Families


We know that reading with children is one of the most valuable things we can do as parents, grandparents and caregivers. Children learn about the world around them, learn to solve problems and develop their own values through the stories we read with them. But, as children spend more time on tablets and other devices,… Read more

IPALS: Eden’s story

Eden’s family came to Canada a year ago as refugees from Eritrea. They had experienced hardship and trauma before coming to Canada. Eden was concerned how Melaher, her four-year-old-daughter, would adapt to learning in a new country. She was looking for ways to support her daughter when she heard about Immigrant Parents as Literacy Supporters… Read more

Full STEAM Ahead!

The Decoda Literacy Library is adding more STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) resources to its collection in 2018. Thanks to a generous grant of $2,000 from R.R. Smith Community Fund, we will be able to update and expand STEAM resources available to family literacy practitioners, early learning professionals, teachers and parents. The Decoda… Read more

The Atlin Boys Cook-Book Club

“I can’t believe we get to cook and eat it!” This is just one of the many appreciative comments from the boys of the Atlin Boys’ Cook-Book Club. The club was started by Trudy Ewing, Atlin’s Literacy Outreach Coordinator. Trudy said “It used to be a girls’ book club, but as the girls moved away… 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

Literacy Improves a Family’s Life

“I came to Canada to provide my daughter with opportunities to succeed in life…community-based literacy was our first step towards success in this country.” Parents will do almost anything for their children, especially when it comes to giving them a better start at life. Parents spend thousands of dollars on education, music lessons, and sports… Read more