Letters, Sounds and Words™ is a 10-week program that targets children in Senior Kindergarten and Grade 1 who need a literacy boost. They are paired with trained community volunteers who go into schools to work one-one-one with them, playing carefully designed games and activities. The program is organized in 4 strands that help children recognize letters, a sound each one represents, how to learn words by sight and how to learn a word by using the sounds of its letters. The Letters, Sounds and Words program is available in schools in multiple communities in Ontario.
Strong Start® Charitable Organization offers three programs that help children from 6 months to 9 years of age acquire essential early literacy skills. Our staff consults with others in the education and early years fields to ensure that our programs are in keeping with the curriculum expectations and best practice initiatives of the Ontario Ministry of Education and the field of Early Childhood Education. Our programs are intended for use in a variety of settings in the community.
Get Ready for School @ Home™ 2021 is a shorter online version of the Get Ready for School program. Limited to Waterloo Region preschoolers born in 2017, it is offered in the winter/spring, prior to a child entering Year 1 of Kindergarten. Over 10 weeks and 20 classes, children build vocabulary, learn letter sounds and practise self-regulation and learning behaviours. The program is particularly beneficial for children who are learning English as a Second Language or who are from a low to middle socio-economic background. The Get Ready for School @ Home program is delivered by a team of trained Instructors.
Baby Connections® is a free community program that helps families develop literacy and language skills with their babies. Parents and caregivers receive coaching and carefully-selected literacy resources to use with their infant to support brain development and lay the groundwork for language and literacy development. The Baby Connections® program is delivered through various organizations and agencies throughout Waterloo Region.