Who are we?
In 2007, service providers in Waterloo Region recognized a gap in local early literacy support. Seventeen interested community organizations worked together with Wilfrid Laurier University to determine the logistics of creating a baby literacy program. The Lyle S. Hallman Foundation provided funding for a literacy review, community scan and a pilot project. Baby Connections was officially branded and launched in January, 2011 and continues to grow each year. Baby Connections is delivered by many community partners and is led by a collaborative of three steering partners - KidsAbility, Strong Start Charitable Organization, and the YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo.
Baby Connections is delivered by trained facilitators who share the program's key messages, easy literacy strategies, and kits.
The Baby Connections kit
Families participating in the Baby Connections program receive a free kit of quality resources to use with their baby. The green bag includes books, a download code for a music CD, a quality toy to promote language, and tips and strategies to use at home. Kits are sponsored at no cost to families by generous support from the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation.