More Literacy Centres Supporting Ontario Families
McGuinty Government Building Stronger Neighbourhoods through Youth Action Plan
Ontario is opening 17 new Parenting and Family Literacy Centres as part of the Youth Action Plan that is giving young people the early support and opportunities they need to succeed and keep communities safe.
Parenting and Family Literacy Centres help children up to six years of age build essential literacy, numeracy and social skills through stories, music and play. The centres also help support the transition to kindergarten by:
- Familiarizing children and families with school routines.
- Giving children and parents the chance to spend time with other families.
- Linking families with appropriate community resources for special needs, health and other related services.
Centres are free to attend - families do not have to pre-register - and are located in schools in high-needs communities.
The expansion of the Parenting and Family Literacy Centre network is part of the McGuinty government's provincewide Youth Action Plan, which is getting guns and gangs off the streets, providing positive alternatives for youth and ensuring safer communities and neighbourhoods for all Ontarians.
- There are currently 155 centres across Ontario, and the expansion will bring the total to 172.
- Research shows that early childhood education and parent engagement help improve student achievement once children start attending school.
- Ontario’s Youth Action Plan will benefit an additional 13,000 young people each year by moving forward on 20 initiatives, including Parenting and Family Literacy Centres.
- Ontario is investing over $20 million in new funding to support the Youth Action Plan - efficiencies and savings were found to fully offset the cost of expanded and new programs.
“We know that when parents are engaged in their child’s learning, they are more likely to succeed. By expanding the number of Parenting and Family Literacy Centres in Ontario, we are giving more parents the opportunity to be a part of their child’s education, and we are giving more children the support they need to succeed in school and in life.”
“We know that giving kids a strong start helps them succeed later in life. Early intervention, like the kind offered at Parenting and Family Literacy Centres, is an important part of our government’s Youth Action Plan because it ensures that young people get the support they need to do well in school.”