At what age should you start reading to your child?
It’s never too early to cuddle up with a book and watch your child listen to your voice.
Recent research has demonstrated that literacy development begins well before children start formal reading instruction. Children are doing critical cognitive work in language and literacy development from birth. Quality interaction in the first 5 years can make a vital contribution to a child’s lifelong achievement as a reader and a writer. The exposure parents and caregivers provide during the first years of life contribute to healthy child development and concurrent brain development and are essential for school readiness and future success.
A parent, as the child’s first and most constant teacher, is the most important influence on a child’s engagement with reading. Children from families who are challenged by poverty and extenuating circumstances are at higher risk of being unprepared for kindergarten and being behind their peers throughout their educational career. Without the necessary support from parents and caregivers in their early years, these children may not succeed. With support, these children can – and do – succeed.
Early Literacy Services is committed to preparing low-income, low-literacy families who do not have access to educational opportunities to support their child’s intellectual as well as emotional and social development through programs designed to fit the learning style and individual needs of the parent and the family.