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Get Set Learn Family Literacy Newsletter

Hi <<First Name>>,

This newsletter has been developed for you, a trained family literacy professional.  We want to support you as you continue to be an anchor for family literacy in our community. 

This webinar is for professionals who work with parents, children, or families. 

We will explore the importance of play in learning and skill-building, and tips on how parents can support play.  A guest speaker from Recess Guardians will offer fresh, simple ideas for bringing learning-rich play into every day.

When:  June 23, 2021 at 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Where:  Online (Google Meet)
Cost: 10$ per person  (FREE for GSL Family Literacy certified individuals)
Register online:

Family Literacy – there’s an app for that!

The Centre for Family Literacy in Alberta has created a family literacy app!

flit is an app designed to help both parents and professionals find fun, inexpensive family literacy activities. It is free to download.

Suggestions include Books, Rhymes, Games, Crafts, Writing, Numbers, Cooking, and Reading. Check it out! Let us know how YOU use the app by connecting with us on social media
The British Royal Family raises Fam Lit awareness!

The Duchess of Cambridge recently revealed the results of her survey, “5 Big Questions on the Under Fives.” Parents both in the UK and all over the world responded. 

The Duchess, formerly Kate Middleton, developed the survey because she wanted confirmation that societal issues such as poverty, homelessness, and mental illness can be “grounded in a difficult childhood.”

Kate hopes to use the research results “to bring positive change to the lives of children under five across the country and to also reduce the need for late intervention, which in England and Wales alone amounts to around $22.7 billion in government funding.”

How does Kate’s survey relate to family literacy? The eye-opening survey results show that only one in four parents recognizes the importance of the first five years of a child’s life in determining future outcomes. The results bring attention to the importance of guiding parents to learn more about how to support their child’s learning and development, which is what family literacy programs do. 

For more on the survey and results, visit
Brain Story 

Education and Community Services agencies across Canada are recognizing the Brain Story initiative. This movement, based in the science of how the brain is formed, tells us that early experiences create the physical pathways in children’s brains which will help them thrive in school, work, and life. 

How does Brain Story relate to family literacy? This research lends scientific proof to the way in which early experiences affect learning. When we understand more about how children’s brains are built, we can more deeply understand the impact of family literacy practices and spread this message to the families we work with. We can let parents know that their efforts to bring literacy learning into their home are literally sculpting their child’s brain!

FREE online training is available on Brain Story. It is lengthy, but fascinating, and you can work on it independently at your own pace. Interested? Here is the link to the training.
ACEs training

ACEs stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences. Research shows that experiences in a child’s early years can shape their entire lives. Family literacy programs have long recognized this fact and help parents build structured, learning-rich environment at home. 

The Guelph & Wellington ACEs coalition is now offering training on ACEs. It’s online, you can complete it at your own pace, and it’s FREE. To find out more, visit

Great news: Agencies in Waterloo Region are forming a coalition to bring ACEs messaging to our Region. Stay tuned for more about this initiative in future newsletters!
Get Set Learn online – summer 2021

Our Get Set Learn family literacy program is packed with tips and fun ideas to help parents get their child ready for school. Please help spread the sign-up information below.

Are you a parent with a child between the ages of birth to 4 years? Our program is for you.
Join us for
  • songs and stories
  • games and crafts
  • parent sharing time
Project READ is offering online Get Set Learn programs beginning February 16th.
FREE for parents and children ages birth to 4 years. 

Sign up online:
You can also call us: 519-570-3054, please leave a message and we will return your call
Questions? Email
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