What is Early Literacy?

Early Literacy refers to the experiences that take place before a child can read and write. When you think about early literacy, it’s helpful to imagine the idea of building a healthy brain. Research tells us that brains aren’t just born; they are built over time based on our experiences, and early experiences shape the architecture of the developing brain.

This website has been designed to provide you with information, resources and inspirations that will support you in providing your child(ren) or the child(ren) in your care with healthy early experiences!

Have questions about early learning or your child’s early literacy development? Please email the Early Literacy Specialist, Simcoe County EarlyON Child and Family Centres: earlyliteracy@empowersimcoe.ca.

Early Literacy Specialist

For a more in depth explanation of how brains are built, we recommend you watch the series of videos created by the Alberta Family Wellness initiative.