The examples below highlight initiatives under way in Newfoundland and Labrador to improve literacy. For more information on the full range of literacy actions and initiatives under way in Newfoundland and Labrador, visit:

Department of Education


Department of Advanced Education and Skills


Some examples of literacy activities in Newfoundland and Labrador:

  • KinderStart/Bon départ This school transition program — offered to children in the year prior to Kindergarten entry, and to their parents/caregivers — consists of five to 10 one-hour orientation sessions aimed at easing children's adjustment to the school environment. Accompanied by their parents/caregivers, children visit the school and engage in developmentally appropriate activities to familiarize them with the school environment. Parent information sessions on key topics, such as the importance of interactive activities that promote early learning and development, are held while the children engage in playful learning activities. Families are provided with a bag of developmentally appropriate learning resources to extend early-literacy and play-based learning activities into home life.

  • Literacy and High School Equivalency The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is responsible for a number of programmes enabling adults to gain literacy skills and high-school equivalency so they might (re)enter postsecondary education activities and/or the labour force.