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Family Literacy Day is January 27

Family Literacy Day 2011

Family Literacy Day, held annually on January 27, was developed by ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation and Honda Canada in 1999 to encourage families to read and learn together on a daily basis. Thousands of Canadians take part in this initiative every year by hosting FLD parties or participating in literacy activities in schools, libraries and literacy organizations across the country. Check out some events happening across BC here.

This year's theme is "Play for Literacy". Canadians are invited to get together with friends and family, and play. Play for Literacy includes all types of play that encourages literacy and numeracy development as well as comprehension skills. Activities including board games, card games and imaginative self-created games are all a fun way to incorporate learning into your everyday life. Read our "9 Essential Skills of Play" for more information on how games build your skills.

At your PLay for Literacy party, please consider collecting donations for Literacy BC, to help us promote and support literacy throughout the province.

Family Literacy Day Resources

Literacy BC and Family Literacy

Reading, writing, arithmetic and problem solving are the basic tools that allow people to learn, grow and contribute to society. We begin developing these skills in childhood and continue learning throughout our lives. That is why family literacy—paying attention to the skills of all family members, not just children—is so important.

Parents and caregivers are children’s first and most important teachers. Thirty percent of BC’s children do not have the skills they need to succeed when they start school. To help children learn basic skills, we must start with families. It is true that children benefit when adults read with them and support their learning. But what of adults who struggle to read? Forty percent of British Columbians do not have the literacy skills to fully participate and succeed in today’s knowledge-based economy. Fourteen percent of British Columbians struggle with basic text.
Unless we help parents as well as children develop their skills, struggles with learning will continue from generation to generation. Literacy BC supports adult learning by referring learners to literacy programs, funding adult learners, offering professional development and resources to literacy practitioners, and raising awareness of literacy issues. We are a partner in the innovative Family Literacy Certificate offered through Vancouver Community College. We build partnerships with government, education boards, Literacy Now communities, and the many champions of family literacy in the private sector.

For more information about family literacy contact Literacy BC at 1-888-READ-234.

Click here to download a PDF factsheet on Family Literacy.

Choosing your Child’s Dentist

If you are looking for a dentist for your child, there are a number of family dental care Riverbend clinics for you to choose from. When selecting a professional to care for your children’s teeth and gums, it is recommended that you take them to a pediatric dentist.

Pediatric Dentist

Pediatric dentists specialize on the prevention, maintenance and treatment of the oral health of children. The age bracket starts from infancy to teenage years. Pediatric dentist are experts on this handling kids. They are equipped with knowledge, skills and experience to take care of a child’s teeth and gums. These experts are backed up with an education that consists of 4 years in dental school plus an additional 2 years of training as a resident dentist focusing on infants, kids, teenagers and children with special needs. Many practice in private institutions, dental schools and other health care facilities. There are a couple of family dental care Riverbend clinics that house a resident pediatric dentist.

The span of tooth development starts in infancy. During the first 6 months, a baby starts to grow their teeth. As soon as they reach 6 to 7 years old, kids begin to lose their temporary teeth. This is also referred to as milk teeth which represents the first set of teeth which will eventually be replaced by a second set which is known as permanent teeth. In this development stage, a pediatric dentist should be involved in guiding and making sure that the children’s oral health is well maintained and taken cared of.

Roles and Responsibilities

Here are some of the roles and responsibilities of pediatric dentists to give you an overview on their scope. These experts deliver comprehensive dental care services for children. Regular check-ups at least twice a year is recommended for all patients. Oral health tests for infants are generated to help assess if the mother and child are carrying dental caries. Oral exams are very much important in detecting early signs of tooth decay or other forms of oral diseases. Gum problems are also identified including ulcers. Diagnosis as well as early detection of teeth conditions is very helpful for patients. Misaligned teeth and jaw structure can be treated immediately. Correction of overbite can also be addressed early during childhood. Tooth decays or cavities can be prevented with proper care and knowledge. Diet, cleaning, fluoride treatments and other recommendations are also provided. Pediatric dentists also offer therapy on habit forming conditions such as thumb sucking and other similar cases. Preventive dental care is crucial in taking care of children’s teeth.

When it comes to dealing with children as patients, proper handling and patience are required. Most of the time, kids do not like going to the dentist. Pediatric dentists are experts on handling children in a delicate manner. It is important to make them feel comfortable during their visit. There are also customized equipment and tools that are specifically designed for children’s use. Some dental facilities decorate their clinics with colors and items that are appealing to kids to make them feel at ease. Do your research and visit the family dental care Riverbend clinics around your neighborhood with your kids to find the best pediatric dentist for your child.

Literacy BC and Postmedia Raise-A-Reader

Since 1997, Postmedia Raise-a-Reader campaign has raised over $4.5 million for literacy in BC. In 2007, Literacy BC received $125,000 from the fund to distribute to 60 family literacy programs across the province that support the learning of thousands of parents and their children. To learn more about the Raise-A-Reader program, visit

How You Can Help:

The Family Stories Project

Family Literacy CollagePeople learn better when they practice their skills in contexts and on tasks that are meaningful in their lives. In 2007, at selected learning centres throughout the province, Literacy BC teamed up with Word on the Street to distribute journals that learners used to record and share their family stories. Read more about the Family Stories Project...