For When Grandparents Become Guardians Again

Read to Baby project representative handing book bag to Children's Aid Society representative

When life doesn’t play by the book, sometimes books need to come into play.

Every year in Huron and Perth there are grandparents who suddenly find themselves as guardians of their children’s offspring.

For this reason, the Kids First Early Learning Network (KFELN), of which the Foundation for Education is a part, is teaming up with the Huron-Perth Children’s Aid Society (H-PCAS) in an effort to bring a good start for those who suddenly have children but no children’s books.

“We thought it possible that the grandparents might have downsized, clearing their homes of baby-type books, and we were wondering if a special kit should be put together for this unique group”, states Mary Louise Laberge, manager of

smallTALK: Huron Perth Preschool Speech Language System and Kids First Early Learning Network member.

The special kits are based on KFELN’s Read to Baby Bundle initiative.

Since 2014, the project has given Huron and Perth families of newborn children a book bag which contains a children’s board book, a children’s songs and nursery rhymes booklet, a Donor Acknowledgement flyer and list of community literacy resources.  

The bundles provide families with the support they need to encourage early literacy and family bonding at home.    

The cost of one bundle is under $10 and the bundles are distributed to families at no cost to them.

To date, the project has reached nearly 6000 newborns.

Over 40 special Read to Baby Bundles, with up to 4 additional books each, have been assembled and delivered to the CAS. 

As long as KFELN still have a variety of books that remain beneficial to those older than a year old, they plan to continue to provide this special package annually.

If you’d like to help grandparents navigate life’s unforeseen chapters and ensure that the early literacy project continues to flourish, please consider making a donation.

You can do so online at www.bit.ly/FOUNDing or by cheque payable to the Foundation for Education and send to 62 Chalk St. N., Seaforth, ON N0K 1W0

Pictured above:
Melanie Evans, Kids First Early Learning Network member and Early Learning Resource Consultant for County of Huron Children’s Services and Cathy Sutherland, Director of Service for the Huron-Perth Children’s Aid Society.

Huron Perth Science Fair

Student scientists (Grades 7 to 9 ) from across the Avon Maitland and Huron-Perth Catholic District School Boards stood project to project for the annual Huron Perth Science Fair on April 3, 2019.

Every year entrants dream of going to the Nationals known as the Canada Wide Science Fair. This year the 58th Canada Wide Science Fair is being held in Fredericton, NB from May 11 to May 17.

The Huron Perth Science Fair annually sends at least 4 students to the once-in-a-lifetime event.
The 2019 Huron Perth – Canada Wide Team will include:

Monica Robson (GDCI)
Hallie Oke (SHDHS)
Cameron Johnson (SCSS)
Andrew Johnson (SCSS)
John McCotter (Holy Name of Mary – St. Marys)

The Canada Wide team is sponsored by D&D Automation (Stratford).

The Huron Perth Science Fair Committee wishes to thank the following sponsors who have shown their belief in the value of these events through financial support:
D & D Automation Inc.
Bio Agri Mix Total Solutions
Tuckersmith Communications Ltd.
Bio Agri Mix Total Solutions
Hay Communications Co-op Ltd.

We acknowledge also the following supporters for their chosen levels:
Hay Communications Co-op Ltd.
Clinton Optimist Club
Steve & Carien Jutting
Marklevitz Architects Inc.
Lions Club of Wingham
Lions Club of Brussels
Wayne & Harold Smith Construction Ltd.
Kinette Club of Clinton
Culliton Inc.
Bargiglione Dentistry
M.R.C Systems Inc.
Johnson Engineering
H. Kerr Construction Ltd.
Orr Insurance Brokers
Royal Canadian Legion (Goderich)
Dr. Michael Dawson
Municipality of West Perth
Deborah & Wayne Caldwell
Blyth Festival
Lynda McGregor

Science Fair Award Sponsors:
Tuckersmith Communications Ltd.
Director of Education, HPCDSB
Director of Education, AMDSB
Marklevitz Architect Inc.
Conservation Authorities
Bio Agri Mix Total Solutions
D & D Automation
Rogers Communication

The Huron Perth Science Fair is organized by a committee of educators and community members and supported by a partnership between the two school boards (Avon Maitland and Huron Perth Catholic) along with the Foundation for Education.

Newborn Literacy Project is Flourishing

Four and half years into our ‘Read to Baby’ project and we are happy to report that almost 6000 newborns have received our literacy bundle so far!

Thanks to Kids First Huron Perth and the Foundation for Education Perth Huron, parents of every newborn from Perth and Huron counties have been receiving a ‘Read to Baby’ Bundle – a special gift given soon after delivery that is designed to engage little minds, bring support and tools to parents and help nurture the bond between baby, mommy and daddy.

Presented to parents by nurses and midwives, the ‘Read to Baby’ Bundle consists of a sturdy and colourful baby book, a specially designed booklet of rhymes, songs and developmental milestones and a complete list of service and support agencies – all housed in a reusable cloth bag displaying tips for reading to baby.

According to the Huron and Perth Health Units, approximately 1300 babies are born in Huron and Perth counties each year. Statistically, 325 of these babies are considered to be at risk of developing learning, emotional, behavioural or physical disabilities in the future. These inherent risks are compounded by the challenges families face in our current economic times.

“Research shows that learning begins at birth and good literacy skills, built from the beginning, provide children with the best chance to rise above their particular challenges to live happy and productive lives.”, states Donna Feeney of Perth Care for Kids and former chairperson for the KidsFirst Early Learning Network.

The cost of one bundle is approximately $10 and the bundles are distributed to families at no cost to them.

The ‘Read to Baby’ Bundle project is funded solely by way of community support.

Support for this program can be given online at bit.ly/FOUNDing

More information can be found at our Read to Baby Group Page.

Kids First Early Literacy Network (KFELN) is a network of services, agencies, and organizations that support families with children prenatal to 6 years of age.

The Foundation for Education Perth Huron is a charitable organization committed to helping local kids of all ages experience learning and discover who they are in creative and hands-on ways.