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.


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

Fostering Literacy: Donors give hope to a mother whose child struggles with reading

Jane* is a mother whose young son struggles with reading. You can imagine her worry. Children who fall behind in school often have a hard life. They may not graduate high school or find a good job. They may not lead a happy and healthy life. Mothers want the best for their children. Children should… 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