Literacy development programs
Where there is not a culture of reading in the home or there are few books, children start life at a distinct disadvantage. The Smith Family has long understood the link between literacy and future financial disadvantage which is why ensuring children develop these skills in the early years is so important.
Let's Read is an early childhood literacy initiative developed by the Centre for Community Child Health in partnership with The Smith Family. It aims to get more parents reading aloud with their babies and toddlers in a bid to improve Australia's literacy levels. More
student2student is a telephone reading program that works by pairing students who are behind in reading development with older student mentors. A recent evaluation of the program revealed 85% of participants surveyed had improved their reading.
Learning Clubs are safe, supportive out of school hours learning environments, where students have the opportunity to access resources, expertise and assistance with their homework and curriculum content. The Smith Family supports communities to develop Learning Clubs through sharing its expertise and skills, its understanding of young people and the importance of their participation in education.