1,000 Books -we want to encourage the families we serve to participate in a national initiative for infants, babies, toddlers and preschoolers to have had 1,000 books read to them before they begin school.

Why is it important to read to your children? It helps them learn words-increases their vocabulary, it’s helps them learn letters, colors, sequence–how a story starts, has a middle and ends. It’s how they will later learn to read beginning in kindergarten. Reading well is at the heart of all learning. Children who can’t read well, can’t learn. Reading well is a skill needed the rest of your child’s life.

The single most important gift you can give your child is not toys–it’s time spent with you–snuggling and reading a good book. You can do this for your child!

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