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  • October 11, 2012

More Literacy Centres Supporting Famillies At York Region District School Board

Ontario Government Building Stronger Neighbourhoods through Youth Action Plan

This fall, community members will benefit from one new Parenting and Family Literacy Centre at the York Region District School Board.

Parenting and Family Literacy Centres help children up to six years of age build essential literacy, numeracy and social skills through stories, music and play. The centres also help support the transition to kindergarten by:

  • Familiarizing children and families with school routines.
  • Giving children and parents the chance to spend time with other families.
  • Linking families with appropriate community resources for special needs, health and other related services.

“These centres not only give young children a great start on learning, but they also provide families with valuable links to local community resources for special needs, health and other related services.”
— Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville

Ontario is opening 17 new Parenting and Family Literacy Centres as part of the Youth Action Plan that is giving young people the early support and opportunities they need to succeed and keep communities safe.

The expansion of the Parenting and Family Literacy Centre network is part of the McGuinty government’s provincewide Youth Action Plan, which is getting guns and gangs off the streets, providing positive alternatives for youth and ensuring safer communities and neighbourhoods for all Ontarians.

“We know that when parents are engaged in their child’s learning, they are more likely to succeed. By expanding the number of Parenting and Family Literacy Centres in Ontario, we are giving more parents the opportunity to be a part of their child’s education, and we are giving more children the support they need to succeed in school and in life.”
— Laurel Broten, Minister of Education


  • There are currently 155 centres across Ontario, and the expansion will bring the total to 172.
  • Research shows that early childhood education and parent engagement help improve student achievement once children start attending school.
  • Ontario’s Youth Action Plan will benefit an additional 13,000 young people each year by moving forward on 20 initiatives, including Parenting and Family Literacy Centres.
  • Ontario is investing over $20 million in new funding to support the Youth Action Plan — efficiencies and savings were found to fully offset the cost of expanded and new programs.


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