Parenting and Family Literacy Centres
Grand Erie District School Board offers two Parenting and Family Literacy Centres (PFLC) at Brantford's Major Ballachey Public School and Princess Elizabeth Public School.
Both centres are government funded and a part of the government-released Ontario's Youth Action Plan, a 20-point balanced approach to promote positive youth development and foster safer communities.
PFLCs are school-based programs for parents and children of preschool age. The program offers play-based learning activities that focus on the optimal development of the child and early acquisition of literacy and numeracy. Children’s early learning and development are supported through play while the foundations are laid for a successful transition to school. The main goals of PFLCs are:
- To provide optimal child development through positive parent-child interaction;
- To offer a family literacy program that develops early literacy and numeracy which provides the foundation for early learning;
- To increase parents’ knowledge, involvement and comfort level with schools;
- To help children transition more easily to kindergarten by supporting Centre staff and
- Kindergarten teachers to work together;
- To support the Ministry of Education’s key priorities for high levels of student achievement and reduced gaps in student achievement; and
- To facilitate early identification of children with special needs.
All PFLCs are located in elementary schools and staff are hired, trained, directly supervised by, and accountable to the school board. There is a common delivery model that is aligned with the Ontario Kindergarten program and designed to facilitate a successful transition to Kindergarten. The programs are free-of-charge, ensuring universal access by all families. PFLCs only operate when schools are in session.