Early Literacy


The Early Literacy Specialists (ELS) work with community groups and organizations to strengthen, support and promote literacy and language development for children from birth to age six and their families.

Kids with letters

Our Early Literacy Specialists:

  • Design and deliver literacy outreach and training workshops to program staff, parents and caregivers. Classes are free to adults 18 years of age or older

  • Provide parents and early learning professionals with advice, suggestions, practical strategies and learning activities that boost children’s literacy development and reading readiness

  • Offer workshops for early learning professionals

  • Provide information to parents and caregivers to help them prepare children for school entry

  • Increase community knowledge and awareness about literacy

  • Collaborate with various organizations such as the Ontario Early Years Centre, libraries, schools, school boards, childcare providers and preschool speech and language programs to develop and support literacy initiatives within communities

What will you gain?

  • Improved school readiness for your children

  • Improved parental and community ability to support early literacy and language development in young children

  • Increased general awareness of early brain development and the importance of positive stimulation and nurturing

  • Greater confidence and pleasure among parents and children to engage in family literacy activities

Register Now

Our Early Literacy Specialists are pleased to answer any questions you may have about our Early Literacy workshops. For information on workshops being offered please call the Early Literacy Specialist in your area:

In Kingston & the Islands: 613.547.2012 ext 304

In Hastings-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington: 613.354.6318 ext 32

“The facilitator inspired great confidence in her methodology and in the importance of rhymes and songs. I cannot say enough good things about this program.”