KITCHENER, Ontario, Canada – October 17, 2019 – Strong Start Charitable Organization is excited to announce a first time grant from Canada Post Community Foundation, in support of their high-impact early literacy programs, Letters, Sounds … Continued
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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
Dolly’s experience as a Volunteer Coach 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, … Continued
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
Easton’s story as shared by his mother, Sarah Easton is my handsome, sweet, oldest child with short brown hair, blue eyes and olive complexion. He’s a thoughtful and energetic kid who loves math and hockey. … Continued
Originally published in Hometown St. Thomas Article by Staci Rae Reading is an essential learning tool, one of the fundamental building blocks of a successful school career. Unfortunately, reading doesn’t always come easily to some children, and they … 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.
When we moved to Canada (from Budapest) over 3 years ago, it was only supposed to be for a couple of years. Napsi was only 9 months old and at that time, I’d only ever conversed with her in Hungarian. However, after coming to Canada, I began talking to her in English, unaware of the consequences of switching the language would have.
Every child is unique and special. When they are young, they are just like sponges soaking up all the lessons we can teach them. Building a strong foundation for learning really does start from birth. The gift of reading is such a powerful tool.