COVID-19 has created education uncertainty in many families. Help increase children’s literacy in the CRD by investing in childhood reading programs.
Every night, Nicole sits down to read a bedtime story to Everett, age 3. This daily routine stimulates his imagination and expands his understanding of the world around him. It also develops Everett’s language and listening skills and prepares him to understand the written word. All are important building blocks to better prepare him for kindergarten.
Most people can recall a verse or two from Old MacDonald, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Humpty Dumpty. Why is that? Research shows the power of using rhymes, songs and stories together as a child helps build your memory skills. The first five years of life also lay the foundation for a child’s life.
Children who are read to and develop a love of books at an early age are at a significant advantage as they enter school and hold the keys to a lifetime of possibilities and reduced poverty.
With COVID-19 affecting our access to the education system, you can unlock the joy of reading for young children under the age of 5 and offer families, who otherwise would be unable to afford new books, the opportunity to expand their child’s literacy.
United Way’s goal is to increase literacy skills for children under the age of 5 over the next three years through partnerships with agencies that support the early years and family programs in our region. Help share the joy of literacy with children and grow healthy minds.
Show Everett every word counts, one book at a time.