Donations help to sponsor a workshop that teaches parents storytelling techniques that will translate into early-literacy skills for kids
The Issue: Underserved Children's Literacy Development
Early parental involvement can help children develop literacy skills before they reach school age. Children who come to school prepared with these skills are more likely to achieve academic success and go to college. But children with more risk factors, such as a low-income or single-parent family, were less likely to master more complex reading and mathematics skills than their peers, according to a National Center for Education Statistics report. To empower children of all backgrounds, the Miami-Dade Public Library System began the Reading Ready program, partnering with parents to instill healthy literacy development and improve overall cognition.
The Campaign: Providing Early-Literacy Workshop to Families
If this Grassroots campaign raises $500, then Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library can provide a 45-minute Reading Ready workshop to 40 families. Each additional $500 raised will fund another Reading Ready workshop. The Miami-Dade Public Library System worked with early-childhood-literacy consultants to design the Reading Ready program, which helps children from birth to age 5 develop the early-literacy skills that are necessary to learning how to read and write.
The program uses materials and activities to strengthen letter knowledge, print awareness, vocabulary, narrative skills, and phonological awareness—meaning that kids can hear the components of words, which is vital to sounding out words while learning to read. Library staff, performers, and instructors equip parents with these and other storytelling skills that they can use at home to help their children learn to read.
Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library
In 1974, six writers founded Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library to support and encourage community involvement in the emerging county library system. The group advocates on the library's behalf, organizes volunteers for events, and raises funds for cultural programs such as the Art of Storytelling Festival, Teen Read Week, and Tales Under the Stars. Through these programs it distributes literacy kits, sponsors a children’s center with toys and puzzles, encourages kids to explore new books, and organizes storytelling sessions in local parks and the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
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