I first heard about the Baby Connections program through a friend, when I was about nine months into my maternity leave. My daughter, Claire, was one of the older babies enrolled in the program at the Early Years Centre. Baby Connections is a wonderful opportunity for parents to learn how they can promote their children’s early literacy development.
There are so many benefits to reading to babies – from encouraging early language and brain development to fostering imagination. But most of all, reading together creates a special bond between parent and child.
Strong Start has always taken privacy and security very seriously. As our organization and its programs grow, we rely on process and technologies to help us manage our administrative and day-to-day activities. This allows us … Continued
We are delighted and humbled to announce that Strong Start was named the 2020 Diamond Winner of the Waterloo Region Record Readers’ Choice Awards in the Non Profit / Foundations category. We would like to … Continued
Each year, Strong Start relies on the gifts of time of thousands of caring individuals who go above and beyond to help children learn to read. Whether they are working one-on-one with children in local … Continued
Strong Start Volunteers make a difference in the lives of children in our community, giving a gift of time and talent that is truly priceless. This year, the 15th annual Volunteer Impact Awards, sponsored by the … Continued
Strong Start is excited to celebrate and congratulate Board Member, Teresa Norris-Lue, on being awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship. Teresa is being recognized for her incredible contributions to the Waterloo Region community. She is receiving … Continued
We are delighted to share that a Strong Start Education Caucus has been formed at Queen’s Park, supported by 15 MPPs from across the communities where Strong Start is delivering its Letters, Sounds and Word … 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.
Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign in Brantford raised a record $97,234.95 in support of local children’s nutrition and early literacy development. There were plenty of smiles in Brantford during this year’s Tim Hortons Smile Cookie … Continued