Our Womb Literacy initiative encourages expecting families to develop a daily reading routine before baby and chaos arrive. Learning about early literacy skills and how children learn those skills enables new and expecting parents to be confident as their child’s first teacher. Benefits include developing a bond between parent and child, encouraging a love of reading and starting a child’s life-long learning journey, from the very beginning. Statistics indicate children are more successful in school, work and life if they are reading at grade level by the end of third grade. Having books in the home and reading to your child helps with their language development and increased word recognition, getting them off to a good start.
New and expecting families can take part in this initiative through four programs: the annual Baby Fair, Stork Story Time Podcasts, Read to the Bump and the Waddle Walk. The Baby Fair connects a variety of local businesses and non-profit organizations with new and expecting families to talk to, collect information from, and learn about what resources our community has to offer both before and after their baby’s arrival. Stork Story Time Podcasts enable new and expecting parents to listen to experts when it‘s convenient for them. Guest speakers talk about early literacy skills and how children develop those skills throughout their first years of life. The Read to the Bump program provides free board books and literacy information to expecting moms, building baby’s personal library before they are born. The Waddle Walk is a fundraiser to support the Read to the Bump program.
Just as it’s never too late to learn literacy skills, it’s never too early either!stork Storytime Podcast