Fostering Literacy to Empower Children
Children often have complicated lives. This can make it difficult for them to gain literacy skills appropriate for their age.
Strong early reading skills are a predictor of academic success. Reading at grade level has been identified as a protective factor for vulnerable children. Decoda’s Fostering Literacy project provides extra support for these children, particularly children in government care.
In British Columbia, recent statistics (2015) reveal that children in foster care, particularly children with continuing custody orders, are:
- more likely to have special needs
- less likely to be ready for school
- less likely to meet standards in Grade 4 and 7 tests
- less likely to graduate from high school
Fostering Literacy works with schools to support school age children who struggle with reading. Children are given the opportunity to practice and grow their reading skills with a trained tutor in a one-on-one setting, with the emphasis on making reading fun.
Fostering Literacy welcomes both volunteer and youth tutors. For many of the youth tutors, it is their first employment experience and paid work. The program also provides training sessions for parents/caregivers, so they can learn tips and strategies to support their children’s learning at home.
In 2019/2020, our goal is to serve 275 children across BC.
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