Brené Brown once said stories are data with a soul. The children in our Get Ready for School™ program do make incredible gains in their skills, but it is their stories that touch our hearts.  We have stories of children gaining confidence and self-esteem. We have stories of children learning to speak English and preparing for school. We have stories of parents making friends and stories of volunteers making a lasting difference in the lives of young learners.

Every parent, child and volunteer is unique as is their experience in this program. Do you have a Get Ready for School story you wish to tell? Send us an e-mail at

Featured Stories


Story Update: Teaching a Love of Reading and Learning – Julia’s Story

Julia participated in the 2016 Get Ready for School program where she continued to fall in love with reading and learning. Today, Julia is doing great. She just finished reading 100 books over the summer. She was very excited to complete her 100 book challenge and can't wait to show her teachers.


Video: A Tale of Two Sisters

This is the tale of two sisters preparing for school in the Get Ready for School program. Chloe thrived in the program and was always excited to go. She made friends and connections with the teachers. Our other daughter, Georgia, is now in the Get Ready for SchoolTM program at Centerville Chicopee in Kitchener. She is also thriving. Georgia is clapping syllables, saying sounds, and reading books.


No Reservations When Starting School

In February 2014, I was struck with some hard luck as I had just been laid off from my job and now had to move. I decided to take some time off with my youngest son before he was to attend school that September. Thankfully, someone had recommended attending the local early years centre for various programs for adults while their children attended their own programs in different rooms. Given Easton’s age, he was able to attend the Get Ready for School program while I attended a social group for parents. The program was fantastic!


Exceeding Expectations

I am so impressed with the Get Ready for School program offered at Kinbridge Community Association in Cambridge. The staff, the curriculum, and the day-to-day activities have far exceeded my expectations! Zachary went into the program knowing the letter "Z" and is leaving with the ability to identify all of the letters. He can even read simple words.

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