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Baby Connections 

Alexandra Gottardo’s study conducted in conjunction with Amy Grant examined the effects of an intervention where parents learn about the importance of early exposure to literacy. This research contributed to the development of Strong Start to Reading’s “Baby Connections” program.

For more information about the program, please contact the program co-ordinator.

Get Ready for School

This research based program was created by Iuliana Baciu and Alexandra Gottardo and was designed to target preliteracy and vocabulary skills for at-risk preschoolers (ages 3 – 4) before entering Junior Kindergarten. The "Get Ready for School" program is fully manualized and is currently offered by the Strong Start Foundation with a grant from the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation. This free program consists of 44 two-hour classes delivered by trained instructors and volunteers from January/February to June for children born in 2019 before starting Year 1 of Kindergarten. 

For more information on this program, please email


The OK2BME program is operated by KW Counselling Services. Dr. M. Woodford has supervised Social Work students doing practicums in the program, as well as completed evaluation and other research for the program. The mobilization of this research has included, tweets, presentations, blog posts, and the production of fact sheets.

EDI in Sports

Ardavan Eizadirad’s EDIcation group develops and delivers initiatives and services to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion within sports organizations. EDI specialists review content and work collaboratively with these organizations to ensure culturally accurate, authentic, and inclusive communication is created. Offerings include training programs, consultations, and evaluations to ensure access and equality for all in sports. 

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