People’s literacy skills as adults are largely determined in their early years. Yet 29% of kindergarten aged children in Alberta are experiencing great difficulty in one or more of the areas of development essential for learning! (this is a higher proportion than the Canadian norm of 25.4%) It is estimated that by the end of Grade 6, at least 30 % of Canadian children cannot read or write well enough to succeed in school.
Based on these numbers approximately 23,100 Calgarian children between the ages of 0 and 4 suffer from low literacy skills.
Together, we will raise awareness and financial support to invest in our future through early childhood literacy programs which contributes to building the literate workforce needs of tomorrow.
All money from the Give To Grow Fund will be divided equally between The CanLearn Society, Calgary Reads, The Calgary Public Library, and The Further Education Society.
The Chamber of Commerce, Calgary Economic Development, Calgary Public Library Foundation and Place2Give have come together to lead Calgary’s business initiative Give to Grow.