About

HSBC Family Literacy First is a free program created by ABC Life Literacy Canada and supported by HSBC Bank Canada, to bring parents and children together to practice family literacy. Parents are a child’s first and most important teacher, and whether you’re engaging in a learning activity in your first or second language, both the parent and child benefit.

Learning should be fun for everyone involved which is why we’ve created stories and activities that are engaging for all ages, literacy levels and life experiences. Resources are available in English, French, Simplified Chinese, Tagalog and Arabic so you can learn together in your first language or practice your second or third language!

Sign up to access stories and activities. Registration is free and you can access as many stories and activities as you like.

Testimonials

“I thoroughly enjoyed the program and I found it organized and engaging. The activities are geared towards the appropriate ages of children and can be easily adapted to different abilities and skill levels.” – Practitioner

“This program provided a great opportunity for engagement between children, families, staff and volunteers. It was especially supportive of newcomer families, allowing them to learn in a comfortable setting where they could use their preferred language.” – Practitioner

“Children from low-income families worked closely with volunteers from HSBC to complete fun and engaging activities. Seeing a smile on your child’s face as they read a book is priceless. Thank you for giving our families this opportunity to learn and grow together.” – Practitioner

See where we’re running our programs across Canada