The people of New Brunswick deserve an education that gives them the skills they need to succeed in work and in life.
We know that starting early is important to achieving good outcomes.
Schools focus on literacy across many subjects. Teaching reading and writing is not done only in language class. Social studies, health and even science and math address reading and writing, too. New Brunswick spends about $1.1 billion on public education each year. Of this, $76 million is spent on early childhood programs and services and more than $4.2 million is for the sole purpose of helping children and youth read and write better. Another $11 million is used to help adults for the same reason.
Early childhood literacy depends on the engagement of families and care providers. Approximately $9 million is provided annually to community-based organizations working directly with families. This includes early intervention programs and assessments, family resource centres, Moncton Headstart, the Born to Read/Gout de lire program and the Learning Partnership-Welcome to Kindergarten. In addition, government supports early language acquisition through the Talk With Me/Parle-moi program, recognizing that oral language development is also important for later reading and writing.
In recent years, New Brunswick has developed a curriculum for licensed daycares that provides building blocks for literacy and has invested more than $3 million in its implementation. These two distinct curriculum frameworks are known as the Early Learning and Childcare Curriculum Framework (English) and le Curriculum éducatif (French).
With the strategy, the Government of New Brunswick will continue to work with families, public schools, community organizations and employers to improve literacy.