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Your child’s future As parents we all want what’s best for our children, including a good education. But believe it or not, that starts now, with you, not when your child enters kindergarten. A child’s first 0-18 months are critical for speech and language development and the first few years of life are prime years for learning and brain development. YOU ARE YOUR CHILD’S FIRST TEACHER and this pamphlet is designed to help get you started.
"Reading to children, even before they can understand words, teaches them to associate books with love and affection.” - Unknown
As your child gets older
"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents."
— Emilie Buchwald
Bottom line: kids need to hear LOTS of words so talk, read and sing to them as much as possible. It’s never too early to start!
The goal of this program is to promote early literacy by providing each baby born at St. Thomas More Hospital with a new book, and provide parents with knowledge and resources, therefore having a lasting impact on their child’s life and the community.
The Better Beginnings program was started by Cassie Norden, a local literacy teacher whose desire is to promote early literacy in the home.
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