Parents as Literacy Supporters


Parents as Literacy Supporters (PALS) provided families with fun, interactive activities to encourage learning in preschool and kindergarten-aged children. The program was active in 21 school districts and more than 220 locations throughout BC.

In 2008, PALS began a three-year pilot program for immigrant families, offered in English combined with Farsi, Karen, Mandarin, Punjabi or Vietnamese. The pilot program was offered in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Langley, North Vancouver and Surrey.

PALS was co-developed by Dr. Jim Anderson, a professor at the University of British Columbia, and  Fiona Morrison, director of family literacy and early learning for 2010 Legacies Now. PALS was supported by the Province of British Columbia.

Featured Stories

  1. Vietnamese families love their PALS

    Vietnamese-born Ha Nguyen took her young children to PALS sessions to discover new and interactive activities to support their learning.

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  2. Connecting immigrant families with literacy

    Narinder Gill discovered valuable skills to encourage her young son's learning so she could better prepare him for success in school

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  3. Immigrant families support children’s learning with PALS

    Starting kindergarten can be intimidating, not just for young children but for their parents as well. Now imagine you have recently immigrated to Canada, with few belongings and limited English skills. For Karen refugee families, who have settled in Langley after spending years in camps along the Thai-Burmese border, the transition from home to school is becoming easier thanks to a free early literacy program called PALS (Parents as Literacy Supporters) in Immigrant Communities.

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  4. Gaining literacy skills eases entry into kindergarten

    Narinder Gill has the skills and network to help her son succeed in school.

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