Ottawa, Ontario

Early Literacy Specialists

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We are a team of five individuals who support and promote early learning and early literacy through the Ontario Early Years Initiative in the Eastern Ontario Region. We serve early years practitioners who work with individuals, families and groups of children, pre-natally to six years of age.

Where do we work?

  • We are housed in the Parent Resource Centre, as part of the Ontario Early Years Initiative
  • We work with the Ontario Early Years Centres, their satellites and partner agencies
  • Our services are available in Ottawa, Stormont, Dundas & Charlottenburg, Prescott, Russell & Glengarry and Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke.

What are our services

  • Visit community partners and programs to offer support, provide resources and develop tailored training workshops for professionals working with families, from drop-in programs to child care centres
  • Offer on-site program evaluations and recommendations
  • Work within the principles of the Ontario Early Learning Framework and Full-day Early Learning Curriculum
  • Refer families and practitioners to community programs and support services such as First Words 
  • Train professionals and parents on early learning and early literacy concepts
  • Use current data to guide training workshops and resources being developed
  • Provide research materials and a reference library on early learning and early literacy issues
  • Link to adult literacy programs , as needed, ,

Desired Program Outcomes:

  • Improved school readiness
  • Improved parental and community ability to support early learning and early literacy development in young children
  • Increased general awareness of early brain development and the importance of positive stimulation and nurturing

What is early literacy?

  • The set of skills that children will use to learn to read, to write, and to communicate
  • Early literacy begins prenatally
  • It combines a child's ability to speak, to listen and to experience, with their ability to understand, to create and to talk about the ideas, events and experiences in their world
  • Early literacy skills evolve in relation to a child's interaction with their family and community environment
  • Key components are language play with rhymes, songs, books, and make- believe play
Tip of the Day
Add a little vinegar to water in a spray bottle. Give it to your preschooler with a dry cloth and ask your child to clean the front of the kitchen appliances. This will keep him busy and happy for some time, and will build feelings of competence.
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