Children learn so much from their parents. At Get Set Learn we see parents teaching children every day.

Learning begins at birth. As a parent you are your child’s first and most important teacher.

Here are some tips you can try at home to help your child learn.

  • Talk to your baby or child, even if they can’t answer back yet.
  • Listen to your baby or child, even if they aren’t using words yet. Respond by smiling, nodding, and asking questions.
  • Read with your child every day, or look at a book together.
  • Play with your child. Children learn by playing. Do things together that you enjoy: building with blocks, racing cars, puzzles, board games, crafts, or colouring.
  • If you are not a confident reader, that’s OK! Look at a book together and talk about what might be happening in the story. Point to the pictures.
  • Keep children’s books in your home where your child can look at them.
  • You can borrow books from the library for free. Second-hand stores have children’s books too.
  • If your child likes to keep moving, you can read to them in their highchair or in the tub. If your child is a baby or toddler, try sturdy board books.
  • Do things together like sorting socks, setting the table, and playing with different sized cups in the tub or sink. Your child learns numbers and shapes from ordinary activities you do at home.
  • Be a role model for your child. Take time to read books with him or her. Take time to have fun together as a family.

Also see the menu to the left for more information.


I want to go back to school

When parents see their children learning and starting school they often feel it’s time to continue their own education or learning.

Your education benefits your whole family. By pursuing life-long learning, you are being a role model for your child.

See the menu to the left to help you find a learning program for yourself.


Upgrade my skills

If you live in Kitchener/Waterloo or Cambridge, please call Project READ Literacy Network to book a literacy assessment.

This assessment is an interview with a specialist who will help you find out where to start your path to education.
www.projectread.ca
(519)570-3054

If you live in Guelph or Wellington County, please contact the Wellington Centre for Continuing Education to help you find out where to start your path to education.
www.ugdsb.on.ca/continuing_education
(519)836-7280

Here is a list of adult schools, colleges, and universities in our area.

St. Louis, Kitchener
stlouis.wcdsb.ca

Wellington Centre for Continuing Education
519-836-7280
www.ugdsb.on.ca/continuing_education

Also including:

North Wellington Centre for Continuing Education
519-323-4840

Dufferin Centre for Continuing Education
519-941-2661

St. George’s Centre - Adult English as a Second Language
519-766-9551

Gina’s College of Advanced Aesthetics
www.ginascollege.com

Marvel Beauty School, Cambridge
http://www.marvelschools.com/index.htm

Conestoga College
www.conestogac.on.ca

Wilfrid Laurier
www.wlu.ca

University of Waterloo
uwaterloo.ca


Finish high school

If you live in Kitchener/Waterloo or Cambridge, please call Project READ Literacy Network to book a literacy assessment.

This assessment is an interview with a specialist who will help you find out where to start your path to education.
www.projectread.ca
(519)570-3054

If you live in Guelph or Wellington County, please contact the Wellington Centre for Continuing Education to help you find out where to start your path to education.
www.ugdsb.on.ca/continuing_education
(519)836-7280

Here is a list of adult schools, colleges, and universities in our area.

St. Louis, Kitchener
stlouis.wcdsb.ca

Wellington Centre for Continuing Education
519-836-7280
www.ugdsb.on.ca/continuing_education

Also including:

North Wellington Centre for Continuing Education
519-323-4840

Dufferin Centre for Continuing Education
519-941-2661

St. George’s Centre - Adult English as a Second Language
519-766-9551

Gina’s College of Advanced Aesthetics
www.ginascollege.com

Marvel Beauty School, Cambridge
http://www.marvelschools.com/index.htm

Conestoga College
www.conestogac.on.ca

Wilfrid Laurier
www.wlu.ca

University of Waterloo
uwaterloo.ca


Get my GED

If you live in Kitchener/Waterloo or Cambridge, please call Project READ Literacy Network to book a literacy assessment.

This assessment is an interview with a specialist who will help you find out where to start your path to education.
www.projectread.ca
(519)570-3054

If you live in Guelph or Wellington County, please contact the Wellington Centre for Continuing Education to help you find out where to start your path to education.
www.ugdsb.on.ca/continuing_education
(519)836-7280

Here is a list of adult schools, colleges, and universities in our area.

St. Louis, Kitchener
stlouis.wcdsb.ca

Wellington Centre for Continuing Education
519-836-7280
www.ugdsb.on.ca/continuing_education

Also including:

North Wellington Centre for Continuing Education
519-323-4840

Dufferin Centre for Continuing Education
519-941-2661

St. George’s Centre - Adult English as a Second Language
519-766-9551

Gina’s College of Advanced Aesthetics
www.ginascollege.com

Marvel Beauty School, Cambridge
http://www.marvelschools.com/index.htm

Conestoga College
www.conestogac.on.ca

Wilfrid Laurier
www.wlu.ca

University of Waterloo
uwaterloo.ca


Go to college

If you live in Kitchener/Waterloo or Cambridge, please call Project READ Literacy Network to book a literacy assessment.

This assessment is an interview with a specialist who will help you find out where to start your path to education.
www.projectread.ca
(519)570-3054

If you live in Guelph or Wellington County, please contact the Wellington Centre for Continuing Education to help you find out where to start your path to education.
www.ugdsb.on.ca/continuing_education
(519)836-7280

Here is a list of adult schools, colleges, and universities in our area.

St. Louis, Kitchener
stlouis.wcdsb.ca

Wellington Centre for Continuing Education
519-836-7280
www.ugdsb.on.ca/continuing_education

Also including:

North Wellington Centre for Continuing Education
519-323-4840

Dufferin Centre for Continuing Education
519-941-2661

St. George’s Centre - Adult English as a Second Language
519-766-9551

Gina’s College of Advanced Aesthetics
www.ginascollege.com

Marvel Beauty School, Cambridge
http://www.marvelschools.com/index.htm

Conestoga College
www.conestogac.on.ca

Wilfrid Laurier
www.wlu.ca

University of Waterloo
uwaterloo.ca


Take English courses

To receive benchmark assessment call the service nearest to you.

Kitchener:
YMCA Language Assessment and Referral
800 King Street West, 3rd Floor  
Kitchener, ON  N2G 1E8
Tel: 519-579-9622, Ext. 231 
Email: hrankin@ckwymca.ca
Web: http://ymcacambridgekw.ca

Cambridge:
YMCA Language Assessment and Referral
258 Hespeler Road
Cambridge, ON N1R 3H3
Tel: 519 621-1621
Email: hrankin@ckwymca.ca
Web: http://ymcacambridgekw.ca

Guelph:
Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington
926 Paisley Road, Units 4 & 5
Guelph, ON  N1K 1X5
Tel: 519-836-2222
Web: www.is-gw.ca


Learn to read

If you live in Kitchener/Waterloo or Cambridge, please call Project READ Literacy Network to book an appointment with our literacy specialist who will help you find a program that is right for you.
www.projectread.ca
(519)570-3054

If you live in Guelph or Wellington County, please contact the Wellington Centre for Continuing Education to help you find a program that is right for you.
www.ugdsb.on.ca/continuing_education
(519)836-7280

You can also contact Action Read to find a tutor or a program for you.
http://www.actionread.com/


Go to night school

Your local school board will offer some high school credit courses at night school.

In Kitchener/Waterloo, please call Project READ Literacy Network to book an appointment to speak to our literacy assessor. This specialist can help you figure out which course is right for you.
(519)570-3054
You can also get information directly from the board’s website to take to the appointment with you.
www.wrdsb.ca/learning/programs/continuing-education-2/night-school

In Guelph or Wellington County, contact Wellington Centre for Continuing Education to find the program that is right for you.
(519)836-7280
You can also get information directly from the board’s website to help you.
www.ugdsb.on.ca/continuing_education/article.aspx?id=49159


Take an online course

The LearningHUB offers free online courses for adults on a variety of topics through the Avon Maitland District School Board. These are not credit courses. Topics include

  • preparing for work
  • preparing for the GED
  • preparing to get your driver’s license
  • computer skills
  • cooking skills
  • other life skills

For more information, visit: www.learninghub.ca/Home.aspx
You can register online on this website.
For help to register for a course, call:
519-482-1700 x 206

Waterloo District School Board and Upper Grand District School Board also offer some high school credits online.

In Kitchener/Waterloo, please call Project READ Literacy Network to book an appointment to speak to our literacy assessor who can help you figure out which course is right for you.
(519)570-3054

In Guelph and Wellington County please call Contact Wellington Centre for Continuing Education to find the program that is right for you.
(519)836-7280

Do not pay for an online course without checking into it first! Some of these courses are a scam. Contact Agilec (formerly Northern Lights) to ask about whether a course is legitimate or not.


Get a job

If you receive social assistance:

The Region of Waterloo and Wellington County offer courses and workshops to help people get a job. Ask your worker about the programs you can take to help you get ready for work or get a job.

If you do not receive social assistance:

Contact Agilec (formerly Northern Lights) to ask about programs to help you get ready for work or get a job.

http://www.agilec.ca/

These programs will help you find out what job you would be suited for, figure out what skills you need, get training if you need it, make a resume, and find jobs to apply for.

Do not pay for an online course without checking into it first! Some of these courses are a scam. Contact Agilec to ask about whether a course is legitimate or not.