Four and half years into our ‘Read to Baby’ project and we are happy to report that almost 6000 newborns have received our literacy bundle so far!
Thanks to Kids First Huron Perth and the Foundation for Education Perth Huron, parents of every newborn from Perth and Huron counties have been receiving a ‘Read to Baby’ Bundle – a special gift given soon after delivery that is designed to engage little minds, bring support and tools to parents and help nurture the bond between baby, mommy and daddy.
Presented to parents by nurses and midwives, the ‘Read to Baby’ Bundle consists of a sturdy and colourful baby book, a specially designed booklet of rhymes, songs and developmental milestones and a complete list of service and support agencies – all housed in a reusable cloth bag displaying tips for reading to baby.
According to the Huron and Perth Health Units, approximately 1300 babies are born in Huron and Perth counties each year. Statistically, 325 of these babies are considered to be at risk of developing learning, emotional, behavioural or physical disabilities in the future. These inherent risks are compounded by the challenges families face in our current economic times.
“Research shows that learning begins at birth and good literacy skills, built from the beginning, provide children with the best chance to rise above their particular challenges to live happy and productive lives.”, states Donna Feeney of Perth Care for Kids and former chairperson for the KidsFirst Early Learning Network.
The cost of one bundle is approximately $10 and the bundles are distributed to families at no cost to them.
The ‘Read to Baby’ Bundle project is funded solely by way of community support.
Support for this program can be given online at bit.ly/FOUNDing
More information can be found at our Read to Baby Group Page.
Kids First Early Literacy Network (KFELN) is a network of services, agencies, and organizations that support families with children prenatal to 6 years of age.
The Foundation for Education Perth Huron is a charitable organization committed to helping local kids of all ages experience learning and discover who they are in creative and hands-on ways.