Boosting Children's Literacy: You can do it. We can help!

Last modified by Rachel Van Woezik on 2021/08/12 21:16

Healthcare settings serving children and their families provide meaningful opportunities to promote early literacy and share advice with families so they can surround their infants and young children with words, right from the start. Evidence-informed guidance from a trusted healthcare professional can help families give their babies and young children a strong start on the road to reading. Specifically, talking, singing, and reading with babies and young children supports early brain development, which prepares children to learn to read once they enter school.

Before the pandemic, one million children in Canada – 3 or 4 children in each classroom – were estimated to have below grade-level literacy skills. Twenty-seven percent of children start school without some of the fundamental skills they need to learn to read.

To address this literacy gap, the Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation provides healthcare professionals with access to training and resources to promote early literacy through a new program called Early Words/Premiers mots. The aim of this program is to integrate early literacy strategies and resources into routine healthcare visits for babies and young children.

The Early Words/Premiers mots program launched during the COVID-19 pandemic and is now expanding across Canada. Evidence demonstrates that these increased literacy skills can lead to many emotional benefits and increased well-being. In this webinar, we describe the importance of integrating early literacy promotion into the practice of any healthcare professional working with young families, as well as the practical resources, now freely available to support their clinical care.

Following this webinar, participants will be able to:

●        Provide practical, proactive early literacy advice to families as part of routine clinical practice.

●        Describe why healthcare settings are ideal for early literacy promotion and relate it to their important work with families with babies and young children.

●        Define early literacy and connect its importance to a multitude of short- and long-term positive outcomes for their patients

●        Describe the evidence-based clinical guidance that supports early literacy interventions in healthcare.

Boosting Children’s Literacy: You can do it. We can help!

Description

Before the pandemic, one million children in Canada – that’s one in eight kids– were estimated to have below grade-level literacy skills. Twenty-seven percent of children were starting school without some of the fundamental skills they need to learn to read.

Pandemic-related disruptions are leaving kids even further behind. But research shows that surrounding babies and young children with words, right from birth, can help. Talking, singing and reading with little ones supports brain development in the early years and sets them up to learn to read once they start school.

Fortunately, the healthcare system is an ideal path to get early literacy advice to the families of Canada’s little future readers, including the ones who are usually hard to reach and are most vulnerable. Guidance from a trusted healthcare provider can help families give their babies and young children a strong start on the road to reading.

The Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation supports healthcare professionals with training and resources to promote early literacy through a new program called Early Words/Premiers mots. We want early literacy counseling to be as routine and expected in healthcare visits as weighing and measuring little ones.

Over the past year, despite the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Early Words/Premiers mots program has launched and is now expanding across Canada. In this webinar, we describe the early literacy resources now freely available to healthcare providers, as well as tips and tricks to bring this joyful brief intervention to your clinic or practice.

Following this webinar, participants will be able to:
-Provide practical, proactive early literacy advice to families as part of routine clinical practice.
-Describe why healthcare settings are ideal for early literacy promotion and relate it to their important work with families with babies and young children.

Boosting Children’s Literacy: You can do it. We can help!

Description

Before the pandemic, one million children in Canada – that’s one in eight kids– were estimated to have below grade-level literacy skills. Twenty-seven percent of children were starting school without some of the fundamental skills they need to learn to read.

Pandemic-related disruptions are leaving kids even further behind. But research shows that surrounding babies and young children with words, right from birth, can help. Talking, singing and reading with little ones supports brain development in the early years and sets them up to learn to read once they start school.

Fortunately, the healthcare system is an ideal path to get early literacy advice to the families of Canada’s little future readers, including the ones who are usually hard to reach and are most vulnerable. Guidance from a trusted healthcare provider can help families give their babies and young children a strong start on the road to reading.

The Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation supports healthcare professionals with training and resources to promote early literacy through a new program called Early Words/Premiers mots. We want early literacy counseling to be as routine and expected in healthcare visits as weighing and measuring little ones.

Over the past year, despite the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Early Words/Premiers mots program has launched and is now expanding across Canada. In this webinar, we describe the early literacy resources now freely available to healthcare providers, as well as tips and tricks to bring this joyful brief intervention to your clinic or practice.

Following this webinar, participants will be able to:
-Provide practical, proactive early literacy advice to families as part of routine clinical practice.
-Describe why healthcare settings are ideal for early literacy promotion and relate it to their important work with families with babies and young children.

Click here to register for the live webinar on December 1st from 11:00am - 12:00pm Eastern. 

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Nina Jobanputra Shukla, M.H.Sc. Reg. CASLPO is a Speech-Language Pathologist registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario. She joined the Canadian Children's Literacy Foundation in 2020 as the Literacy Content Manager. With more than 10 years of clinical experience in educational, community and healthcare settings, she has witnessed firsthand how early literacy experiences have a positive impact on a child’s academics, social relationships, confidence, critical thinking skills and so much more. In her current role, she brings her expertise in language and literacy development to drive system-level change and support communities to access the resources required to help Canadian children reach their full potential.

Zoe Keefer is a Program Manager at the Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation. She joined the organization in 2020, bringing more than a decade of experience as a community program manager. Zoe’s work has included collaborating with First Nations communities at Right To Play International, low-income Toronto neighbourhoods at Boys and Girls Club, and the oncology community at Camp Oochigeas. Zoe is a huge believer in what books can do for young minds. She credits some of her favourite authors, like Kit Pearson, Lemony Snicket and Lois Lowry, for sparking the creativity and imagination that continue to drive her work.

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