Read to Grow
Rating: 5 stars 1 1 review
Location: 53 Schoolground Rd Unit #3 Branford CT 06405 USA
Programs: Books for Babies is a program that builds literacy from birth. Books for Babies reaches 50% of Connecticut newborns --- 21,000 young minds --- and their families annually in partnership with eight hospitals in the Greater New Haven, Hartford, New London and Bridgeport areas. Through Books for Babies, we connect with parents of newborns while on the maternity unit. Trained volunteers visit with parents to talk about early literacy development. Before discharge, each family receives a bag with a new children’s book and a guide that explains the many simple ways to stimulate their child’s language development. Families can receive free new children’s books through the first year of life and information on how to help their child develop early literacy skills.
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While other literacy organizations focus on life after age 3, Read To Grow educates a parent on the day of that child's birth about the critical importance of reading to the child immediately while the brain is developing. By meeting with the parent/s in the hospital, they learn that literacy is to a healthy mind/life as nutrition and the avoidance of disease is to a healthy body. This is a unique program that exists nowhere else.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
a restaurant in Hamden CT. Our waitress interrupted us as we spoke about Read to Grow."I gave birth to my daughter last month. Read To Grow's packet taught me that reading to her right away would help her become more than a waitress. Thank you!"
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
the universal agreement of every group -- donors, staff, Board members, collegues -- as to th critical importance of the mission. If a child is not reading on grade by age 12, you can mourn the death of that child's academic opportunities.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
passionate, thoughtful, committed, caring and determined.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
bring the program into every birthing hospital in the country ( for a little more, it could be brought worldwide) and change the lives of millions of children.
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