Statement of Purpose
Family members and early caregivers like Pratt tutors must build a foundation for literacy by talking and reading daily to babies and toddlers. Long before a baby babbles or says a first word she is beginning to develop skills necessary to learn how to talk and read. In addition, caregivers and we must ensure that ALL children enter school ready to read. Learning to read and write is critical for success in school and throughout life. By starting early, we recognize learning to read begins long before a child enters school. Reading to a young child, even before a baby can hold a book, creates an appreciation for what books offer. Parents and caregivers will find that talking, singing, and reading will help their young children be ready for school. Who can participate in this program? College Students, Librarians, Business Professionals, Parents, Teachers, Professors, Policy Makers, Senior Citizens, and children of all ages. Everyone can play an important role in meeting the challenge whether it's reading with children or math homework help. Day Care Centers, Head-Start programs, Hospitals, Public Schools, Colleges, Universities, Public/Private Libraries... Businesses and organizations can participate in assisting children learn to love reading and calculating if we start early. The Department of Education has more information on the America Reads/Counts program.