Reading and Parents Program (RAPP)
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 eight different sites in the community. Every two weeks, volunteers and staff collect the old packs from families and provide new packs.
The program is available for all parents and caregivers enrolled in programs at Heartwood House.
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)
- also parents
For more information
RAPP host sites
- Vanier Community Resource Centre – Circle of Care
- Heartwood House Programs
- Lowertown Community Resource Centre – English Playgroup and Baby Playgroup
- Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre – Family Literacy Program
- Overbrook Forbes Community Centre – Overbrook Forbes Playgroup
- York Street Public School – Kindergarten
Think about it…
Summer's here! Let's get messy! Let's get creative with our little ones and their art projects. This will give them the opportunity to explore and experiment with the materials that we provide them with.
Their finished craft may not match the sample or the instructions. But that is okay, in fact, that is fabulous because what they created came from their own imagination!
Creativity can happen anywhere even if you only have water and pavement available. Your child can paint with water! She or he may want to make footprints or handprints and watch them disappear. Maybe they'll splash the water around and call it fireworks! Who knows what their imagination will lead them to create.
Through this simple activity, your child will be learning important concepts like cause and effect, wet and dry and the science of evaporation. All that with a little water and the freedom to explore.