Early literacy program aimed to enhance children’s development

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A program designed to give parents and caregivers the tools to promote and enhance early literacy development in children was launched today in St. John’s.

The Early Literacy Foundations program — a partnership between the provincial government and the Provincial Information and Library Resources Board — is a 12-session program for parents and caregivers and children up to three years old.

A news release notes the program includes information for parents and caregivers on early literacy and play. Activities include interactive story time, songs, rhymes, time for play, and take-home materials which promote early literacy.

Close to $2.5 million has been allocated over three years in an early literacy partnership with libraries. It includes funding for program development, implementation, evaluation, staffing, program resources and enhancement to library sites.

The program is being piloted at 14 sites throughout the province with a second pilot phase being planned for spring 2014.

Organizations: Early Literacy Foundations, Provincial Information and Library Resources Board

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