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, designed for children six to ten and their families, promotes literacy for all Kentuckians.
PRIME TIME FAMILY READING TIME® is an inter-generational, family literacy program that uses the humanities as a tool to create excitement about reading. Combining award-winning children’s books with humanities themes and open discussion, PRIME TIME connects literature to the real-world for participating families.
Prime Time Family Reading Time is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives and by contributions from the Raymond P. Preston Family Foundation.