School Readiness

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.

Getting Ready for Kindergarten

Use the checklist to create a healthy daily routine that can help your child get ready for school. This resource is available in multiple languages for download.

30 Games and Activities for Self-Regulation

These 30 games and activities support planning and problem solving, memory, attention, motor control and sequencing. They’re a great way to introduce self-regulation strategies to kids! has built in translation to help you communicate with parents is a free app that helps educators communicate with parents - and it has built in translation!

A Guide for Newcomer Parents About School in Canada

The Canadian Multicultural Education Foundation has a guide that will help to address some of the questions that immigrant and refugee parents may have about the school system in Canada, and give them the opportunity to address how their parenting role may be different in Canada than it was in their home country.

Do you know immigrant parents who are looking for information about education in Ontario?

People for Education have tip sheets available in 15 languages to help parents understand the school system and how they can help their child succeed.

Free Webinar: Managing Allergies this School Season

It’s important for children with Anaphylaxis, and those who care for them, to be aware of how to safely manage allergies. Food Allergy Canada has developed the following resources to help families, teachers and caregivers with back-to-school preparations:

School Readiness: An Overview – Alka Burman

“School readiness” refers to a child’s ability to meet the demands of school. Often these abilities are broken down into key areas known as developmental domains. Alka Burman, Early Literacy Specialist, outlines these developmental domains.Read More

School Readiness: Communication Skills and General Knowledge – Alka Burman

"Communication skills and general knowledge” refers to the ability to communicate one’s own needs clearly and to understand others.Alka Burman, Early Literacy Specialist, discusses these concepts. Read More