Literacy Night to have early childhood professionals

By Chad Klassen
April 21, 2017 - 7:00am Updated: April 21, 2017 - 12:12pm

KAMLOOPS — Young families in Kamloops are invited to come out to a unique literacy event tonight, the first annual 'Literacy Night' at the John Tod Centre.

The event starts at 4:30 and runs until 7 p.m. on the North Shore. The focus is on early childhood devlopment for kids under the age of five. But there will also be activities for the entire family. 

"We're really there to showcase the strength of the early years and the service that are available to families with children that are under five," said Maureen Doll, the coordinator for Kamloops Early Language and Learning Initiative.

"We will have singing and dancing and all sorts of entertainment. Then, we're going to have some play-based stations, because children learn by playing. That's their work. That's how they figure out problem-solving skills, fine motor skills, which is using their hands."

Also at the tonight's event is a unique opportunity to meet with early childhood education professional. 

"There's going to be a speak and language pathologist from the Child's Therapy Centre. Lisa Johnson will be there. There will also be an infant development consultant, and they will provide an opportunity to come and talk to them if a parent or caregiver has any concerns or questions about any area of their child's development."

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