As part of our reading initiative, Henderson County Schools is participating in a campaign developed by the Association of Library Service to Children. Babies Need Words Every Day: Talk, Read, Sing, Play is a public awareness campaign created to help bridge the Thirty Million Word Gap. Research shows by the time children from low-income families reach the age of four, they will have heard 30 million fewer words than their more advantaged peers. This word gap influences a child’s ability to succeed in school and later in life. We are hoping with this campaign we can help close that gap so students are more prepared when they start kindergarten.
We have inviting posters with ideas to build literacy skills to educate and support parents and caregivers. These posters are designed to help families understand the importance of enriching communication with their babies and young children. We’re hoping to hang the posters throughout the community in highly visible areas. We have a book list brochure to help parents choose quality books for reading at home.
Research continues to prove that by investing in high-quality, early-childhood education, communities can, over the long term, reduce crime and improve health and education outcome for their residents. We are inviting anyone in the community who would like to partner with us to please contact Stephanie Smith at Henderson County School board office. We will provide the poster and brochures.
With this campaign we can reach families of all backgrounds and offer ideas and support for raising children who are ready for school.
Prime Time Family Reading targets children ages 5 to 10 in a six-week series of reading and discussion programs and includes sessions on fairness, greed, courage, cleverness, and determination. Families meet with a storyteller and a discussion leader to explore children’s literature, learn good read-aloud and storytelling techniques, and engage in group discussion.
The program will be held at the Henderson County Schools Professional Development Center, 631 N. Green Street, next to the Thelma B. Johnson Early Learning Center. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. Dinner, books, and giveaways are provided each week for families. Childcare is available for younger siblings.
Prime Time Family Reading Time is supported by grants from the Kentucky Humanities Council, National Endowment for the Humanities, and grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives and the Raymond P. Preston Family Foundation.
Visit Kentucky Humanities website for more information.