Friday, June 27, 2014

Important Early Literacy Partnership Announced

Many Wisconsin public librarians have heard Dr. Dipesh Navsaria speak about brain science and early literacy as part of his work as the medical director of the Wisconsin chapter of Reach Out and Read.  This week, Dr. Navsaria was quoted in several national news pieces concerning a new early literacy partnership.  

The Clinton Global Initiative, Too Small To Fail, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Scholastic are partnering with Reach Out and Read nationally to promote early literacy from birth. 

Key details of this collaboration:

The AAP  has released an early literacy policy statement, formally recommending that its membership make literacy promotion a regular part of pediatric care.  
Scholastic Inc. is donating 500,000 new children's books to Reach Out and Read programs nationwide to incorporate into well-child exams. 
Too Small to Fail - an initiative of The Clinton Foundation dedicated to early childhood wellness -  is developing materials to distribute to members of the American Academy of Pediatrics to help them emphasize the read-aloud message to parents.

This partnership makes an impact locally and nationally as touted this week by New York Times and PBS News Hour.

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