Strong Start® began as a community project in 2001 to help ensure that all children learn to read. It is supported through:

  • financial donations from charitable foundations, service clubs, corporations, community groups, and individuals.
  • gifts of time and talents from thousands of volunteers who experience the joy of making a difference in the lives of many children.
  • hundreds of program delivery partners.

Strong Start is a registered children’s charity with Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (#825948060RR0001). Strong Start issues official receipts for income tax purposes.

Our Vision:

All children read.

Our Mission:

We help children learn to read by providing unique programs and services through community-wide partnerships.

Our Goals:

  • Assist young children in learning essential early reading skills.
  • Build community by encouraging those who live and work in the community to be involved in supporting its children.
  • Provide a meaningful volunteer opportunity.

Literacy skills are one of the strongest indicators of a child’s future success in life. The percentage of the population that reads at an acceptable level is a great predictor of the success of a community in maintaining economic growth and an excellent quality of life. Therefore, the community as a whole needs to take responsibility for helping children learn to read.