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Phonics emphasizes the sounds letters and groups of letters make. Africa Studio/Shutterstock.com

There’s more than one good way to teach kids how to read

Two literacy scholars share their concerns about growing pressure on educators to emphasize phonics to teach reading. In their view, critiques of other methods often rest on a false premise.
Reading books with your child means children learn to connect reading with feelings of warmth and sharing. (Shutterstock)

Parents play a key role in fostering children’s love of reading

Early experiences sharing and developing positive connections, language and communication set the stage for home reading to start children on the path to literacy.
Most kids get dismissed from school hours before the workday ends. MiniStocker/Shutterstock.com

Free preschool, longer school days and affordable day care help keep moms in the paid workforce

When families need to spend more time and money taking care of their kids on weekdays, it can take a toll on careers – especially for women.
Memories and the experiences gained through play are foundational to one’s lifelong learning. (Shutterstock)

A day at the beach: Deep learning for a child

Through a play day filled with choices at the beach with supportive adults, unexpected challenges and social experiences all help children to build far more than sand castles.
Whether indoors or outdoors, building a makeshift creative space to share the joy of books lays a foundation for early literacy. (Shutterstock)

7 favourite books for connecting with your preschooler

A book nest - or nook - is a cost-friendly way to model and enjoy literacy with your preschooler that invites their creative involvement and offers space for positive connections to grow.
Although guidelines suggest that developmental delays, including language delays, are ideally diagnosed by age three, most diagnoses don’t occur until age four or five. (Shutterstock)

New research suggests three profiles of communication delays in early childhood

Language milestones matter not as the final word, but as possible signals about where children might be struggling and how they can be best supported to reach their full potential.
Paternity leave can increase fathers’ involvement in families, with positive impacts on children, fathers and the co-parent. (Shutterstock)

Father’s Day: Involved dads are healthier and happier

Our children can't continue to grow up in a world where only women raise them, either at home or in early care and learning.
Reducing the number of child care subsidies will mean that some parents will not be able to support their families or continue their studies. (Shutterstock)

Ontario’s child-care cuts will hurt low-income parents working or studying full time

For better childhood developmental outcomes and better economics, and in the absence of other long-recommended child care policies, the child care subsidy system should be expanded, not cut.

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