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Literacy opens doors

Our mission is to advance literacy for the people of Prince Edward Island

We are committed to treating our clients, staff and partners well.
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The Literacy Crisis
 

Literacy is a basic human right.  

Yet, 45% of working-aged Islanders don’t have the literacy skills needed to succeed in our digital world. (PIAAC 2012) 

And, 40% of kindergarten-aged children in PEI who completed the Early Years Evaluation did not meet the developmental milestones in at least one of the five skill areas. (2017 Children’s Report)

And, 1200 Island children in grades K to 6 are referred to us by resource teachers every summer because they struggle with reading, writing or math.  

We are determined to change these statistics

Thank you partners and donors for supporting our work.  Together we are helping children, families and adults in need.

A special thank-you to the Province of PEI for operational funding of $200,000 (April 2019 to March 31 2020)

 

books in the home can have a positive impact on a child’s academic success later in life, and the more you add, the greater the impact.

elementary-aged children are referred to our Ready Set Learn Program every year because they struggle in school.

%

of working-aged Islanders lack the skills necessary to participate fully in a knowledge economy (PIAAC 2012).

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

Stephen King
“I learned that I am smart and that if I try hard, I can do it.”
Grade 2 Ready Set Learn Program Participant
“I learned to read at the age of 63. I realized I could not read enough to help my children with their homework. This realization brought me pain and shame the most. I gave up on many things because there was a form to complete or a complaint to write or instructions to read. I had not fooled everyone and it was a relief to admit it. For two years, twice a week, we [Free Literacy Tutor and Terry] met and I could see the change in myself. Old hurts from past experiences will remain but overcoming them has been a blessing. I am no longer afraid of a piece of paper with words on it and most of all, I enjoy reading very much.”
Terry Affleck, 65
Sherwood Business Centre
(Old Ellis Brothers Building)
161 St. Peters Road, Charlottetown

Telephone: (902) 368-3620
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