Early Childhood Mission: Introduce children to a love of reading from birth so that every child is reading on grade level by completion of the third grade. Major Accomplishments:
Completed 4th annual summer reading program.
Initiated partnership with Reach Out & Read which utilizes pediatricians to encourage parents to read to their children daily beginning at six months. KNOW(2) funded training and books. 3 of the 4 pediatric practices in the County with about 3000 patients participate in the program.
Introduced first annual preschool fair with 16 providers of pre-school services interacting with several hundred parents and children during the 2nd annual Campo Giorno event.
Programs Summer Learning Program This is a free summer learning program that is offered to children ages 4 through fifth grade. Activities include reading, writing, math, science, arts and crafts, games and storytelling. Talk to Me This is an early literacy effort in Cherokee County to close learning gaps which keep children from being successful in school. Reach Out And Read Is a nonprofit organization that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.