About This IS Literacy

This IS Literacy is an initiative of the Literacy Implementation Team of the Child and Youth Network. This team’s goal is to be a provincial leader in child, youth and family literacy by 2015.

London’s strategy to “make literacy a way of life” focuses on improving collaboration among home,school and community by:

  • promoting literacy to the whole community
  • taking a neighbourhood approach to literacy
  • promoting literacy from birth
  • improving family literacy
  • improving youth literacy

Some of the accomplishments of the Literacy Implementation Team include:

  • Developing the Baby’s Book Bag in conjunction with the Kiwanis Club of Forest City-London. More than 3,000 bags were produced and distributed
  • Promoting literacy to over 1,200 participants at the Community Early Years Fairs and Prenatal Health Fairs in London in 2011
  • Supporting family literacy through community based Family Literacy events
  • Selecting the Huron Heights community as the neighbourhood to pilot literacy activities in London
  • Distributing more than 1,050 Family Literacy Kits to children in kindergarten, grade 4, and grade 7
  • Reaching more than 500 children and youth, and 150 families who participated in community literacy projects funded through the Literacy as a Way of Life Neighbourhood Community Development Fund
  • Conducting a literature review of best practices, neighbourhood demonstration projects and literacy programs, services and practices.

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