The mission of Read to Grow is to promote language skills and literacy for children, beginning at birth, and to support parents as their babies' first teachers.
Research shows that babies begin learning rapidly at birth. Brain growth and development are greatest during a child's first three years. Healthy stimulation and bonding come through parents reading, talking, singing, and playing with their babies.
The idea of Read to Grow began in 1998 when Connecticut shoreline residents, RJ Julia Booksellers and Fair Haven Community Health Center joined forces to collect more than 12,000 books for children who had none of their own.
1) Funding for the Books for Babies program within our 12 partner hospitals in Connecticut: $140,000. (This does not represent the total amount of money needed to run the hospital-based program.)
2) Additional workshop materials, bookcases, and new bilingual and multi-cultural children's books for our Book Places and Partnerships: $45,000
The first step to literacy is developing good language skills. Language skills at kindergarten entry are among the best predictors of later reading and writing abilities and even success in school.
Reading aloud exposes babies to words and speech and helps build good language skills early on. Read to Grow is the only statewide organization to connect with parents of newborns in the hospitals, giving them the resources that will allow them to make the most of the critical early years. We hope that their children will enter school ready to learn to read, grow and thrive.
From Roxanne Coady, Board Chair:
It has been shown that the achievement gap is evident by the time children begin kindergarten. It has also been shown that children who have been read to do better in school, regardless of socio-economic background.
A recent examination of the Books for Babies program conducted by Beth Osborne Daponte, Ph.D., Social Science Consultants and review of the literature suggest that the program is well-designed and well implemented. The literature review strongly suggests that the program could have substantial impact on the lives of the families with which it interacts. If even a small portion of families that the program interacts with act upon the Books for Babies message, then the program would have a real and lasting effect.
Quotes from parents:
Through our permanent Book Places, we collaborate with 30 nonprofits that serve as host sites. They are located throughout the state but largely in the New Haven, Hartford, Bridgeport, New London, Manchester, and Middletown areas. Also, through our formal Partnerships collaborations, we work with 13 entities, among them 6 different nonprofits that operate within the statewide Nurturing Families Network.
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Educate a child and you change a community. For the child, a good education means better career opportunities and higher lifetime earnings. College graduates enjoy better health and are more inclined to volunteer and vote. For the community, supporting our youths’ educational goals results in a stronger society.
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