I volunteered with the Strong Start program through Nipissing University in Brantford. I am in the concurrent education program for the junior/intermediate level and decided that Strong Start training would be good practice for my teaching career.
Success stories from parents, volunteers, and community members.
I have the privilege of being an instructor for the Get Ready for SchoolTM program at two of the Cambridge locations. After being home with my children for quite a while, I decided it was time to head back into the workforce. Strong Start is an incredible organization to work for that offers a wonderful work/life balance.
When we began the Get Ready For School program, it was hard to imagine the end result. I have a very strong willed and rambunctious child who loves to be noisy and silly. I could hardly keep her still or quiet at home and wasn’t confident she would thrive in a controlled, quiet setting.
When my one and only daughter started Junior Kindergarten, I actively tried to stay involved in her school. I spent one day a week volunteering in her classroom and was eager to become more involved. One day, her teacher sent home a form to attend Strong Start Volunteer Coach training and I am so glad she did.
My daughter, Grace Pederson, participated in this program for the past 6 months at the Kinbridge location above Duncan Macintosh Arena in Cambridge and we could not be more thrilled with the program itself, as well as the staff who ran it. Without a doubt, this program has provided Grace with the fundamentals to be successful next year when she enters Junior Kindergarten.
As soon as my daughter began attending Strong Start as a three year old, she came home sounding out letters. Not long after that, I would find her with her nose buried in books, sounding out as many words as she could to herself.
I enrolled my 3-year son in the Get Ready for School program at the Lang’s location and I am so impressed. He enjoys sharing his new found knowledge with us whenever an opportunity arises.
In the six months that my son has been attending the Get Ready for School program, I have seen dramatic improvements in his speech. What I’m even more excited about is that other people are noticing too.
My daughter showed significant improvements in her literacy skills because of the Letters, Sounds and Words program. I decided to volunteer my time in the program on the days I was off from work, and very quickly found that my volunteer position provided a greater sense of accomplishment than my career did at the time. This changed my life forever.
I have always wanted to be a teacher, ever since I was a little girl. Volunteering with Strong Start was crucial to solidifying my desire to work with younger children and subsequently encouraged me to enroll for the Early Childhood Educator Fast Track program at Conestoga College.