It’s Full Steam Ahead for this Year’s Summer Literacy Program!

Jul. 01, 2017

Speech Services Niagara’s Summer Literacy Program is well underway with 25 kindergarten-aged students participating in a researched-based, fun-filled summer program aimed at helping develop pre-reading skills! Over the course of three weeks, students are be working on rhyming, letter recognition, syllables, phonological awareness and much more through games and activities.

This program is a result of Niagara Children's Centre being successful in receiving a grant application to offer a summer family literacy program for children identified as needing a boost to develop key foundational skills in emergent literacy.  The goal of the program is to provide direct instruction during the summer so that it may impact the children’s success moving forward into their second year of kindergarten.

This proven, researched-based program adapted with permission from the original authors is offered by professionals trained in literacy. It focuses on educating parents, offering instruction for the child and then bringing the two together for practice.

Jackie Van Lankveld, Manager Speech Services Niagara stated, "we are so very thrilled to be partnering with Niagara Catholic District School Board for our 8th year of offering this program.  This intensive, play-based program is available to all children in Welland neighbourhoods that have been referred by their teachers and have met the admission requirements."

This year's location of the summer family literacy program is St. Andrews School in Welland.

This program is funded in part by Niagara Region through the Niagara Prosperity Initiative.