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Raising Readers in Wyoming encourages parents to read to their young children by providing beautiful new books as part of the well child health care visits.

Over  302,507 Books Distributed

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WHY
When parents are given “prescriptions” to read by their child’s doctor they are four times more likely to read and share books with their children.

WHEN
Books are provided to children at their well-child health care visits or immunizations at ages 2, 4, 6, 12, 15, & 18 months and 2, 3, 4, 5 years of age.

HOW
Raising Readers in Wyoming, Inc. provides age-appropriate books. The books are chosen by a group of Wyomingites who have expertise in early childhood and/or literacy. The committee consists of a children’s librarian, a speech language pathologist, a retired University of Wyoming professor who taught children’s literature, and a representative from the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Books in Spanish are chosen by a smaller group of people that includes a college instructor of Spanish.

WHERE
Raising Readers in Wyoming, Inc. distributes books in all 23 Wyoming Counties. Participating medical providers include pediatricians, family practice physicians, and county public health offices.

 

History
In response to the leading research on early brain development, the Governor's Early Childhood Development Council adopted Raising Readers in Wyoming in 2002. This program encouraged parents to care for both mental and physical well-being by reading to their young children and getting them age-appropriate immunizations.  PacifiCorp Foundation for Learning (the philanthropic arm of Pacific Power) was looking for an early childhood literacy program to fund in the states served by Pacific Power.

Raising Readers became an independent non-profit in 2005

A grant was written by the Department of Family Services to PacificCorp Foundation for Learning and was awarded to the Raising Readers in Wyoming program. Child Development Services of Wyoming, Inc. was chosen as the grant administrator and provided an incubator for the program during its first three years.

Raising Readers in Wyoming is modeled after Raising Readers, a successful health and literacy program in Maine.

 

Research
 

Unlike the overflowing bookshelves of wealthier families, 61 percent of low-income families own no age-appropriate books, according to a 2009 study commissioned by Jumpstart on "America's Early Childhood Literacy Gap." 

 

"Young children's literacy understandings in pre-school or the early stages of year one relate strongly to later measures of literacy achievement."  -Janelle Young Enhancing Emerging Literacy Potential for Young Children.  Australian Journal of Language and Literacy Vol 32 No 2 June 2009
 
"For 80% percent of children, simple immersion in reading and books will lead to real, independent reading by school age."  -Paul Kropp  How to Make Your Child a Reader for Life
 
"Children need exposure to new works.  It helps develop the auditory cortex to better discriminate between and among sounds.  After puberty the potential cells for language development have been used by other functions." Eric Jensen Teaching with the Brain in Mind
 
(Learning to read is) "...the greatest single effort that the human mind undertakes, and he must do it as a child."  John Steinbeck
 
"...early literacy development does not simply happen; rather, it is part of a social process, embedded in children's relationships with parents, siblings, grandparents, friends, caretakers, and teachers."  Joan Brookes McLane and Gillian Dowley McNamee The Beginnings of Literacy, Zero to Three Journal, September 1991
 
"Family members, caretakers, and teachers play critical roles in early literacy development by serving as models, providing materials, demonstrating their use, offering help, instruction, and encouragement, and communicating hopes and expectations."  Joan Brookes McLane and Gillian Dowley McNamee The Beginnings of Literacy, Zero to Three Journal, September 1991 
Unlike the overflowing bookshelves of wealthier families, 61 percent of low-income families own no age-appropriate books, according to a 2009 study commissioned by Jumpstart on "America's Early Childhood Literacy Gap." 




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