Family Literacy promotes the values and benefits of literacy for the entire family through  educational activities.


Learning is a lifelong practice and begins with the help of parents and other adults in the community.

Children who read frequently develop stronger reading skills, and those who have additional aid at home rank even higher!

Our family literacy programs promote:

  • Oral language skill development

  • The value and benefits of early literacy

  • Skills and strategies to create a literacy-rich environment in the home

  • Increased confidence of parents in their roles as their child's first teacher

Moms and Babies

Rhymes That Bind

  • Runs for one hour per week for 10 weeks in Athabasca, Boyle and Rochester

  • Promotes oral language development in babies and toddlers

  • Provides a positive, supportive environment for parents through group-based delivery

  • Uses circle time with adults and children during which rhymes, stories, and songs are shared and modeled

  • Includes discussions about early literacy

  • Offers a nutritious snack each week


  • Is embedded in the Rhymes That Bind program

  • Encourages parents to discover the joy of reading with their babies

  • Provides a learning opportunity for parents with infants, where book-sharing ideas are modeled

  • Provides guidance on choosing appropriate books for their babies

Child Reading in the Grass
Happy Kids with Books


  • Is a partnership with Athabasca & Boyle Health Units

  • Provides book bag with 2 books, literacy information and free library pass at 4-month immunization

  • Provides third and fourth book at 6 & 12-month immunization


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