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|A 12-week early literacy program designed for families who are experiencing more acute turmoil in their day-to-day lives.

Bond to Literacy is a 12-week early literacy program adapted from the HIPPY program for low-income, disadvantaged families who struggle with issues that may prevent them from making a long-term commitment.  The program is designed to demand less on families while still providing tools and support for parent-child engagement, improved literacy, and school readiness.

Using HIPPY’s proven model of peer-to-peer program delivery, Community Facilitators are hired from the local community. The Facilitators lead weekly group meetings for parents where the HIPPY curriculum is taught to them using the role-play method of instruction. Parents then take these new skills home and work with their children each day – returning to the group the following week to share their successes and challenges and support each other through the process.

Parents work daily with their children, reading and carrying out the fun activities provided. They develop a habit of reading, playing and sitting together with their child, which lays the foundation for a new, lasting pattern of parent-child time.

If you feel the Bond to Literacy program is the right fit for your family, please contact one of our partners nearest to you:

Encompass Support Service Society
Eastleigh Crescent, Langley BC V3A 4C4
Contact: Christine McCraken
P: 604.534.2171, ext. 109

Burnaby Family Life
#102-2101 Holdom Avenue, Burnaby, BC V580A4
Contact: Liliana Hernandez
P: 604.659.2205

Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
800 E. Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5T1V1
Contact: Jocelyne Hamel
P: 604.879.8208

Housten Link to Learning
3221 14th Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y1Z0
Contact: Marian Ells
P: 250.845.2717

Saskatoon Open Door Society
100-129 3rd Avenue
N. Saskatoon, SK S7K2H4
Contact: Arin Olaniyi
P: 306.653.4464

CHANCES Family Centre
77 Upper Prince Street, Charlottetown, PEI C1A4S6
Contact: Jane Arbing
P: 902.892.8744

If you think the Bond to Literacy program would serve a need in your community, please contact our Bond to Literacy Coordinator:

Wazi Dlamini-Kapenda
Director of Multicultural Programs
P: (604) 428-3256