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Pre-School Programs

About Pre-School Programs

Library programWe offer 4 different Pre-School programs designed by Library staff to support the development of early literacy skills.
(For more about early literacy and the supports offered by the Library visit our Early Literacy pages.)

Pre-School Programs are offered in 8-week sessions in the Fall, Winter and Spring.  Registration is required for all pre-school programs except Family Story Time, which is drop-in on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration can be done online, over the phone or in-person at any branch. Library branches may rotate the programs they offer.  Find out about upcoming program dates in our newsletter.

Great for English language-learners! (EAL)
Pre-School Programs at the Library can be a good introduction to English for families who are new to Canada. Children and their parents/caregivers are welcome at Library programs no matter what level of English they may speak or understand.

Baby Rhyme Time

baby with book

For children up to 24 months with a parent/caregiver.

Why Baby Rhyme Time? We know that children from birth to age 2 experience a high rate of brain development. This phase of rapid growth makes early childhood the ideal time to introduce early literacy supports.

We provide this support through Baby Rhyme Time a parent-child program that features a playful approach to language development by sharing rhymes, songs, stories and early literacy messaging designed to help families create a literacy-rich home environment.

Time for Twos

For children 24-36 months with a parent/caregiver.

Why Time for Twos? We know that children ages 2-3 years are in a peak phase of learning language that is best supported by hearing many words (spoken, sung and read). 

We provide this support through Time for Twos a parent-child program focused on enriched vocabulary and comprehension in age-appropriate stories, songs and rhymes. Early literacy messaging is shared with parents and caregivers to help families create a literacy-rich home environment.

Pre-School Story Time for Ages 3-5

Children attend without parents/caregivers for an independent learning experience.

Why Pre-School Story Time?  We know that children ages 3 to 5 years are learning about reading and writing all the time. In their daily activities with parents and caregivers, children are preparing to learn to read when they discover the meaning in printed letters, numbers and symbols (examples: creating a grocery list, identifying a house number and recognizing traffic signs). 

We support this learning through Pre-school Story Time for 3-5 Year Olds, a program that motivates children to see themselves as readers through focused interaction with Library staff who present stories selected to convey pre-reading skills.

Family Story Time

Library staff with bookGeared to 3-5 year old with parent / caregivers (siblings of all ages welcome).

Why Family Story Time?  We know that children learn best when they are having fun with the most important people in their lives.

We support this learning through Family Story Time which features creative presentations of stories through a variety of formats and techniques to provide a fun atmosphere that supports intergenerational learning.