Family Literacies Online – Going Online with Babies & Families

With the arrival of COVID-19, programs for babies and toddlers, in most cases, ceased to be offered in person and some were cancelled altogether. While COVID restrictions are being removed and face to face programming is beginning to return, most programs plan to make on-line learning part of their ‘new normal’ as they move to a hybrid model for the future.” (LCNB Family Time Online, Project Proposal, 2021)

This project focuses on capacity building for participating parents and practitioners who provide virtual literacy programs for families with children newborn to three years of age in New Brunswick.

Working in collaboration with key program providers, we are shining a light on best practices to create and test an exemplary model and practitioners guide for providing virtual literacy programs for families with children newborn to three years of age. We will also focus on building digital literacy capacity for both parents and practitioners and increasing awareness and linkages to programs and supports for both adults and children in New Brunswick.

We will take the best practices that are happening, document them, develop training materials, provide training modules and opportunities for knowledge, and experience exchanges between practitioners and organizations. The result will be a New Brunswick  model of virtual programming and an accompanying online Practitioner’s Guide of best practices and resources and a strengthened Family and Early Childhood sector who provide programs for children (birth to 3 years) and their families. It will also result in a strengthened adult component to family literacy programming and increased linkages to adult literacy learning and employment counselling.

Led by the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick, The Family Literacies Online project is funded by the New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Department of Post Secondary Education Training and Labour.

We are pleased to share a literature review conducted by Dr. Pam Whitty for the Literacy Coalition. This scan covers areas relevant to our Family Literacies Online project, including:

  • Emergence of and current thinking on family literacies
  • Home as a literacy learning environment
  • Sharing  books with babies and toddlers
  • Young children’s digital literacies
  • Young children’s learning, resources and moving online

Read the full review by clicking here or scroll down to see the document (note: navigate through the document below with the arrow buttons on the document).