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.

Literacy Matters Abbotsford adapts for pandemic

As the literacy outreach coordinator for Literacy Matters Abbotsford since 2011, Sharon Crowley says 2020 has been challenging but she is celebrating the successes. Sharon works with local organizations to find literacy gaps and problem-solve ways to meet the literacy needs of the Abbotsford community. She coordinates reading programs for children and families and programs… Read more

Celebrate active learning during Family Literacy Week

“I love the active theme this year,” says Joan Exley, literacy outreach coordinator for more than 20 years at the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) in Nelson, BC. A former teacher with a background in special education, Joan recognizes the links between learning and movement. “Physical activity has strong connections to brain development. Research… Read more


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