School Readiness

Encouraging School Readiness Skills in Preschoolers

The early years are a time when we can help children develop the tools they need to succeed before heading to formal K-12 schooling. Developing these school readiness skills help prepare children for optimal learning throughout their educational journey. This article takes a closer look at some of the school readiness skills that children can work on before they head off to kindergarten!

Global Digital Library

Global Digital Library is a collection of digital storybooks and other reading materials that are available in 43 languages - and easily accessible from mobile phones or computers!


Global Storybooks

Global Storybooks is a free multilingual literacy resource for children and youth worldwide. Now, you can read, download, toggle, and listen to a wide variety of illustrated stories in different languages!

The Ultimate List of Fun Picture Books

This article is written for parents, but it includes a fun list of 48 engaging picture books that are always a hit at storytime!

Spaghetti & Meatballs….A Fine Motor Toddler Twist!

Spaghetti and meatballs is a new toddler game that offers opportunities to practice fine motor skills, balance, coordination and a little gross motor play all at the same time!

VIDEO: What is Executive Function and Self-Regulation?

The Centre on the Developing Child at Harvard University has a new, 5-minute video that explains how we use executive function and self-regulation each and every day to manage ordinary, and sometimes challenging tasks. It also shows how science offers an explanation for how we navigate tasks successfully, and what can send us off course.

Do you know about the Children’s Book Bank?

The Children’s Book Bank provides free books and literacy support to children living in low-income neighbourhoods across Toronto.

5 Tips for Encouraging Sharing

There has been some debate about encouraging sharing in the early years, and some educators prefer to encourage "taking turns" over "sharing". Either way, it's important for the children in our programs to work on social skills and learn how to share space and objects with their peers. Here are five ideas for teaching and encouraging sharing in your program.

Newcomer Parent Resource Series: Available in 16 Languages

Refugee parents come to Canada with unique settlement needs, and language barriers that make it challenging to get information to support their parenting, children’s development, and the health and safety of their family here in Canada. We’ve developed a series of 14 parent resources to help - and they’re available in the 16 languages most commonly spoken by refugee families here in Canada!

Helping Your Child Get Ready to Learn

Since children do best when they grow up in a healthy environment where they feel safe, respected and loved—the way you care for them will have a great impact on how well they will learn. This resource is available in multiple languages for download.