Shaping Futures: The Kids Incorporated Blog

October 28, 2016

Thanks for Reading Days

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We kicked off our Third Annual "Thanks for Reading Days" on Monday, November 14 and it runs through Monday, November 21.

Thanks for Reading Days is our way to focus attention on the importance of reading to children ages 0 to 3. Studies have shown that children from the highest socioeconomic status (SES) have been read to 1,000 hours before they enter kindergarten, while those from the lowest SES have only been read to 25 hours.  A year ago, at the beginning of our Early Head Start program year, Kids Incorporated met with the parents of children enrolled in our program and explained the relationship between reading to children and academic performance when children entered school.  Parents were asked to read to their child 15 to 20 minutes, on average, each day and to keep and turn in a weekly reading log.     Last year, parents read 4,177 hours to the children in our Early Head Start program.  

We have three centers in Leon County, 1 in Jefferson County and 1 in Madison County.  We have set up reading schedules in 30 minute intervals for volunteers to read to a classroom (we have 8 children maximum per classroom) starting at 9 a.m. and running through up to & including 10:30 a.m.  We also have an afternoon time slot from 3 to 3:30 p.m.  We have plenty of children's books to read that are age appropriate and our teachers will remain in the classroom with you while volunteers read.  Last year, the Cat in the Hat made an appearance and read to the students and Raggedy Ann also visited and read to children in several classrooms.  

If you are interested in participating in Thanks for Reading Days, please email Judie Miller at jmiller@kidsincorporated.org and let her know what date and time slot you are interested in reading.  A list of addresses for our centers may be found by clicking on the Locations tab of this web site.

To see photos of our celebrity readers sharing their love of reading to some happy toddlers, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/KidsIncorporated.

If you are interested in becoming a reading volunteer on an on-going basis (perhaps once a week, once a month, etc.), please email Matt Vossler, who will be happy to discuss how you can become a volunteer reader.  Matt may be reached at mvossler@kidsincorporated.org or by phone at 414-9800, ext. 112.  We'd love to have your participation! 

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