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Early literacy is defined as what children know about reading and writing before they actually learn to read and write. It is a foundation for their future learning.

Here are the main five things to do with your child to encourage their Early Literacy Skills.

Talking- Children learn a variety of new words when engaged in genuine conversation

Singing- Brings awareness to different sounds in the language, makes learning fun

Writing- Print awareness, visible in the environment, drawing, scribing and creating letters

Playing- Asking questions to promote conversation and thought during play

Reading- Learning about letters, words and sentences. Hearing a rhythm in the language.

The Early Literacy Specialist provides programs within Dufferin County to support early literacy for children 0 – 6 years old.

These programs include (but are not limited to):

  • Parent & Child circle times / workshops
  • Community collaborative programs
  • Words & Water – for parents and children 6 – 14 months
  • Professional Development Workshops – for licensed child care centres and licensed home daycare workers(please visit Raising The Bar website for current workshops available)
  • Supporting literacy & numeracy in child care programs (Centre specific staff workshops available by request)


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