Communication and literacy skills provide the foundation for effective social functioning
and for academic, occupational/economic and life success. When children fail to develop good
language and reading skills there are a range of profound and enduring consequences, including
academic failure and dropping out of school, poor psycho-social development, and reduced self
esteem and sense of well-being. All of these reduce the opportunities for lifelong success.
The Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network is a community of researchers and
partners seeking to improve the language and literacy skills of Canadian children. The broad
objectives of this national network are to understand the factors that support the development
of good language and literacy skills and to apply this knowledge to facilitate programs and
practices to strengthen the language, communication, and literacy skills of Canada\'s children.
The Network's research program integrates contributions from the many sectors involved in
children's literacy, including basic and applied scientists, educators, clinicians, parents and
caregivers, and industrial and government partners. The Network covers the full spectrum of
literacy and language research in its five research themes.