The Get Ready for School™  program is delivered in partnership with local community centres. The program, which consists of 44 two-hour classes, is delivered by trained instructors and volunteers who work with children ages 3-4 from January or February to June, just prior to their start in Junior Kindergarten. This highly effective research-based program was created by Dr. Iuliana Baciu and is particularly beneficial for children who have the challenges of English as a second language or for children from low to middle-income families. The program focuses on helping children develop essential early literacy skills. The emphasis on increasing vocabulary, letter-sound knowledge, and classroom learning behaviours are all essential building blocks for children as they prepare to enter their formal school experience.

The program also provides instruction and support for the children’s parents so they are better able to support their child’s learning at home. At regular intervals throughout the program, parents attend information meetings to learn more about the program and how they can reinforce the skills their children are learning. Regular newsletters are shared to keep parents informed. Learning resources are provided for the children to use at home to practise skills with their parents.

For more information on this program, please contact Program Co-ordinators’ Kirsten Carr, and Iwona Dmitrienko by e-mailing grfs@strongstart.ca. Please see Our People page for individual team member contact information.

All of our sites are full for the 2018 program. If you would like to be added to a wait-list, please call 519-743-9578 extension 110 or 114.