The Every Child A Reader program emphasizes the importance of early literacy and reading aloud to children from birth through age five. Our mission is to foster a love of reading with nurturing parent- child interactions. Research shows that building early literacy skills has links to positive effects on early brain development, improved school readiness and later success in life. For that reason, we encourage all parents and caregivers to do these five early literacy practices with their babies, toddlers and preschoolers- read, talk, sing, write and play every day. Every Child A Reader program is a parent education initiative that provides the tools, skills and strategies parents and caregivers can use to help children get ready to read.
- Learning to read begins at birth.
- Parents and caregivers are a child’s first and best teachers.
- Reading is an essential life skill.
- Reading and sharing books together reinforce the social emotional bond between parent and child.
- Early exposure of age-appropriate reading materials and daily literacy play interactions, helps lay the foundation for school readiness in kindergarten and beyond.
- Lifelong learning is a primary role of the public library; public libraries need to support parents and caregivers as they develop early literacy skills in children from birth to age five.
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