What activity helps level the academic playing field for all children? Regardless of race, gender, class, working or single parents, or English as a second language?
Reading aloud to children!
If children are read to from the time they are born until they enter kindergarten they are set for success!
Research tells us that children immersed in "pleasurable language experiences" at a young age, enter school at a decided advantage. (The following video on the importance of early childhood education is entitled "Change the first 5 years and you change everything" is produced by The Ounce of Prevention Fund.)
Our program supports caregivers and parents in helping young children develop the language and early literacy skills they need in order to successfully begin kindergarten.
Access to books
We have over 100 rotating book boxes available for sites to borrow for one month at a time. These boxes include:
We also have a professional collection of books concerning all aspects of early literacy, including new craft and play activities for you to try with your children. [click to view list]
Access to educational materials that make story time more fun
Access to support materials
We also provide:
Current funders and contributors to the TAKE OFF! program include:
To sign up for services or for more information contact:
Take Off! Program Director
17 SW Frazer Ave, Suite 360
P.O. Box 1689
Pendleton, OR 97801
The best time to start reading to a child is the day it is born. Growing up with books increases a child's vocabulary, builds his attention span, and improves his grammar. But even beyond this, a child discovers a story can touch the heart.
Last Modified: 10/12/12