Every day researchers are learning more and more about how our brains work and how we learn. They know that most of the brain connections that we need in order to become readers are formed in the first 3 years of life – THE FIRST 3 YEARS – and what we do to help them grow these brain connections is vitally important. While it’s never to late to help someone become a reader, it’s far EASIER to do it when they’re young. And it’s more cost-efficient: Dr. Jill Stamm, author of Bright From the Start, says that for every $1 spend on early childhood education, the return on investment is $16 – money that WON’T have to be spent on remedial programs. Or, in some cases, social programs that help the undereducated who find themselves without the skills needed to be productive and successful citizens. Children who have caregivers who support and love them, read to them, talk to them, sing to them and play with them, from birth, become readers and are more likely to graduate from highschool.
THAT’S why I’m starting this revolution.
Miss Mary is a children’s outreach librarian in Colorado with 13 years experience working in children’s services in libraries, of which 8 1/2 have been spent working primarily with preschoolers aged 3 to 5. She is a founding member of Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy and is passionate about sharing books with children and helping parents learn what they can do to help their young children become readers. Trained in the Association of Library Services to Children/Public Library Association’s Every Child Ready to Read – a research-based early literacy parent training program – she has spoken to countless parent groups, teachers, and other caregivers about early literacy and how to help children get excited about books and reading.