Why It Matters
There is ample research which supports early literacy, yet common sense tells us most of what we need to know. The key to success in school and beyond is to develop proficient reading skills. One of the most important things a parent can do to develop these skills is to read with their child as much as possible.
There are many dimensions to this work: books in the home, parents who read frequently to their children and the association of reading with fun and love are but a few. We do not attempt to address all of these dimensions. However, while we cannot do everything, we can eliminate one of the reasons why parents do not read to their child – the availability of quality books in the home. Books delivered not just once, but 60 times in the child’s critical years of development.
Here is what we know:
- Making books available in the home increases the time spent reading with a child. (Read More)
- Educators emphasize reading with your child as being critical to school preparedness. (Read More)
- Research supports this program is making a difference in the level of school preparedness in other communities. (Read More)
- Reading early on is important for childhood development. (Read More)
If you are still not convinced this program is crucial, consider the following:
Many states plan the number of jail cells they will need in the future based on literacy levels of grade school children.