I first heard about the Baby Connections program through a friend, when I was about nine months into my maternity leave. My daughter, Claire, was one of the older babies enrolled in the program at the Early Years Centre. Baby Connections is a wonderful opportunity for parents to learn how they can promote their children’s early literacy development.
There are so many benefits to reading to babies – from encouraging early language and brain development to fostering imagination. But most of all, reading together creates a special bond between parent and child.
We are delighted and humbled to announce that Strong Start was named the 2020 Diamond Winner of the Waterloo Region Record Readers’ Choice Awards in the Non Profit / Foundations category. We would like to … Continued
Each year, Strong Start relies on the gifts of time of thousands of caring individuals who go above and beyond to help children learn to read. Whether they are working one-on-one with children in local … Continued
Strong Start Volunteers make a difference in the lives of children in our community, giving a gift of time and talent that is truly priceless. This year, the 15th annual Volunteer Impact Awards, sponsored by the … Continued
The Get Ready for School program was offered in 16 sites across Waterloo Region, and served a total of 318 children. A total of 90 children in the program did not speak English on a regular basis at home, with an additional children children who spoke English as well as a second language at home. The program was supported by 39 paid instructors, and 34 volunteers, who gave approximately 940 hours of volunteer time to the program.
Letters, Sounds and Words Program Summary Overall 95% of the children made considerable, excellent or outstanding gains. Enrollment 4,183 children were enrolled in the fall and spring rounds. The program is designed as a 10-week … Continued
This story was originally published in The Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation’s Annual Report Learning to read is one of the essential building blocks of life. Strong Start’s programs aim to help children reach their potential … Continued
I first heard about Strong Start’s Letters, Sounds and Words program at church. Our pastor was talking about the need for volunteers, to help young children learn to read, at Howard Robertson P.S. After attending the two training sessions, the school’s Site Co-ordinator hosted an orientation session for the newly trained Volunteer Coaches.
Originally published in Quarterly Exchange, May 2019 Issue – Intelligent Philanthropy Children’s literacy program ready to scale up by Paul Knowles We’ve all heard the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” … Continued