Parenting and Family Literacy Centres

Parenting and Family Literacy Centres are free, school-based programs for parents and caregivers with children from birth to age six. These fun, play-based programs are designed to support your child’s early learning and development and are aligned with the Kindergarten program. They offer a safe, nurturing, and stimulating program where children can play and parents can connect.

There are two centres located in elementary schools across Elgin County, one at Locke’s Public School (St. Thomas), and one at McGregor Public School (Aylmer). 

Locke's P.S.
22 S Edgeware Rd
St Thomas, ON N5P 2H2
McGregor P.S.
204 John St S
Aylmer, ON N5H 2C8

These centres provide opportunities for:
  • Development of social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and language skills
  • Building positive connections with your local school
  • Participation in a family literacy program that helps children develop and build essential literacy and numeracy skills

Why come to a Parenting and Family Literacy Centre?
  • Children do better in school and in life when you get involved with their learning
  • You and your child can learn and play together during your child’s important early years
  • You’ll learn simple, fun activities to do at home with your child
  • You’ll learn about the school system and your child will become familiar with school routines
  • You’ll meet other parents with young children in your neighbourhood, as well as share ideas and get advice

What happens at a Parenting and Family Literacy Centre?
  • Fun activities that include reading and counting, music, and story time
  • Time to play in the art, sand, and water areas or with toys and puzzles
  • Snack time with healthy food
  • Time for you and your children to read together. You can also borrow books in different languages from the library