Stronger Together: Toward More Literate Communities – New report from Essential Skills Ontario

June 18th, 2012 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Essential Skills Ontario recently released a report – Stronger Together: Toward More Literate Communities that describes the family literacy environment in Ontario by mapping current programming and policy frameworks to identify gaps and opportunities within the system.

The research suggests not only that parents’ participation plays a key role in shaping child development, but that disadvantaged parents face more barriers in engaging in these practices. Complementary research shows that parents’ socio-economic circumstances and educational attainment levels have a direct effect on children’s outcomes.

The report highlights the importance of continuing to streamline the delivery system and of providing consistent educational opportunities for families. It provides a strong impetus for thinking strategically about how we can support educational opportunities for children and parents. This will require us to think beyond the traditional program silos of children, adult and family programs, towards thinking more broadly about the economic and social benefits of achieving more literate communities in Ontario.

Click here to access the report.