Get Ready for School™ Results for 2019


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.

Strong Start Has A Strong Future


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

Ten Apples Up On Top!


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

Every child deserves a Strong Start


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