Parenting And Family Literacy Centres
The McGuinty government is investing $8 million in 2008-09 to support 123 Parenting and Family Literacy Centres around the province. This includes $2 million for 34 new centres.
The centres focus on building children's literacy and numeracy skills, and engaging parents in their children's learning. For example, the centres offer a book-lending library in languages that are appropriate to the community, enabling parents to read to children in their first language.
Located in schools, the centres are free of charge and families do not have to pre-register to attend. Parent workers who staff the centres work closely with kindergarten teachers to provide a quality learning environment that prepares young children for school.
Through stories, music, reading and play-based activities, children in the centres learn throughout the day. The centre staff are also familiar with local community resources and can link families with appropriate resources for special needs, health and other related services.
New Centre Locations
In 2008-09, additional Parenting and Family Literacy Centres will open in schools in the following school boards:
- Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board - 1
- Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board - 2
- Ottawa-Carleton District School Board - 2
- Peel District School Board - 1
- Toronto Catholic District School Board - 5
- Toronto District School Board - 11
Three boards will also open their first Parenting and Family Literacy Centres:
- Algoma District School Board - 4
- Ottawa Catholic District School Board - 4
- Thames Valley District School Board - 4
There are currently 89 centres open in schools around Ontario.