January 27, 2020

Family Literacy Day And Week Promote Taking 20 Minutes Each Day For Learning Together

The Government of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Literacy Network are partnering to proclaim January 27 as Family Literacy Day in Saskatchewan and January 26 to February 1, 2020 as Family Literacy Week.  This year’s theme is Take 20 in 2020, a reminder to take 20 minutes every day to make learning together a part of every family’s daily routine.

“Literacy is key to development at all ages and can be part of our everyday activities,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said.  “As a father I enjoyed playing games and reading with my children and now I enjoy doing many of the same activities with my granddaughter.”

Literacy is important to children’s development, with studies showing that up to 90 per cent of a child’s brain is developed by age five.  A child’s primary caregiver is one of the first teachers in a child’s life and everyday activities like talking, reading, playing games, cooking and so much more can be opportunities to grow together.  To find tips on how to incorporate learning into your everyday routine, check out the Government of Saskatchewan’s Play. Learn. Grow. Together! videos and resources at https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/education-and-learning/prek-12-education-early-learning-and-schools/early-years-learning.  

The Government of Saskatchewan provides $500,000 to support family literacy programs, services and supports around the province through Family Literacy Hubs and the Saskatchewan Literacy Network.  Family literacy programs and services help parents become more aware of opportunities for playful and age-appropriate learning in everyday life, encourage the use of the local library and provide information on community events designed for families.  More information on Family Literacy Hubs can be found at https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/education-and-learning/literacy-in-saskatchewan.  

A number of government supported community programs also provide resources and an introduction to early literacy.  This includes licenced child care, family resource centres, KidsFirst regional and targeted programs, Early Childhood Intervention Programs and public libraries.  For a full listing of these resources and the services they provide, visit www.saskatchewan.ca.

Family Literacy Hubs have worked with community partners to develop and host events locally to celebrate Family Literacy Day and Week.  The Saskatchewan Literacy Network supports the work of the Family Literacy Hubs.

“We are proud to be part of a network of organizations and groups that support literacy in families,” Saskatchewan Literacy Network Executive Director Phaedra Hitchings said.  “This work is highlighted by the many events planned for Family Literacy Day in Saskatchewan and our first provincial Family Literacy Week.  Every day that we make time to play, talk, sing, and learn together in our families, we are a part of building a stronger future for our children and grandchildren, for ourselves, and for our province.”

More information on events happening near you can be found on the Saskatchewan Literacy Network website at https://saskliteracy.ca/.