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
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
Strong Start’s Executive Director, Machelle Denison, is one of 60 outstanding women and organizations from across Waterloo Region nominated in 10 categories and recognized at the annual K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year ceremony … Continued
Strong Start® Charitable Organization is pleased to welcome Christine Giese to our team! As the Regional Program Co-ordinator for the Elgin, Middlesex, and Oxford Counties, Christine is looking forward to developing partnerships with school boards … Continued
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
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, at Howard Robertson P.S. After attending the two training sessions, the school’s Site Co-ordinator hosted an orientation session for the newly trained Volunteer Coaches.
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 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. Bed-time story time was a part of our daily routine and I could see him struggling to read on his own; even when we went to the library, he would pick out a book he found interesting but I would have to read a majority of the book to him.