Family Learn and Play at Coquitlam Centre

Submitted by: Susan Foster
Tri-Cities ECD Community Development

This initiative started in January if 2008 and was the brainchild of our School District and the Coquitlam Public Library and was modeled on a similar Family Literacy initiative in Duncan at the local shopping mall. These partners approached Coquitlam Centre about this idea and they really liked it. They then approached the ECD Committee and everyone thought it was a great way to promote early literacy and family connection, as well as a way to get information and resources out to the community and to parents who might be working or at school during the day.

This family literacy event is held monthly (except for November and December) on the last Wednesday of the month at the Mall from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Each month there is a theme and the School District organizes 4 craft stations and the students to run them, along with extension activities that each child is given to do at home. They also do a "Passport" for participants each month and once a child gets at least 6 stamps or stickers, they get a free book. The School District along with the Libraries and the Mall, collect new and used books for the giveaway each month. Each branch of our three local library systems (Coquitlam, Port Moody and Fraser Valley Regional) take turns providing a table and a 30 minute story time during the event. The ECD Committee organizes the community organizations who attend and also attends the event each month. Coquitlam Centre Mall provides the advertising, the furniture, along with set up and clean up.

We just celebrated our 5 Year Anniversary in January of 2013 and we are still going strong, thanks to the committed partners and the strong sense of collaboration among them.

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