The Reading and Parents Program (RAPP) is an outreach initiative promoting family literacy activities for low-income families.

The program provides literacy activities for families with children 0-6 years old.

The RAPP program provides literacy packs (RAPP packs) that are fun and educational to parents and caregivers. Each pack contains a book for every child in the family, crafts, poetry, and reading and language tips for parents.

The RAPP program is run by staff and volunteers who visit different sites in the community. RAPP program staff regularly collect the old packs from families and provide new packs.

The RAPP program is open to families:

  • with children 0-6 years old
  • who are attending a program at one of our partner sites (see below)
  •  enrolled in programs at Heartwood House

ALSO presents… ASL RAPP

With funding support from the Community Foundation of Ottawa and the Ottawa Citizen Literacy Foundation, ALSO is proud to offer a new program to hearing parents of deaf children in the Ottawa area.

ASL Reading and Parents Program (RAPP) is based on the Shared Reading Project (SRP) developed by the Le Clerc Centre at Gallaudet University. Adapted for our Canadian context, ASL RAPP supports the language and literacy development of young deaf children, fosters parent-child connection and encourages hearing parents in developing their own skills in ASL providing a foundation for family communication.

For more information

If you are interested in having RAPP delivered to your agency/site, please contact contact Kim Oastler.

If you are interested in volunteering with RAPP, contact Shalma Reynolds.

RAPP host sites