Week of the Young Child, April 16-20

Week of the Young Child

Grow a Reader classes | Fast Facts About the Early Years

Our Community Partners: Rappahannock Area Community Services Board, Rappahannock United Way, Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area, The Childcare Network, Germanna Community College

Children need a strong early learning foundation to succeed in school and life. We are proud to partner with the following local organizations to bring attention to this issue of vital importance to our community: Rappahannock Area Community Services Board, Rappahannock United Way, Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area, The Childcare Network, Germanna Community College, and The Doctor Yum Project.

Did you know?

  • 90% percent of a child’s brain is developed before reaching kindergarten.
  • Children exposed to books early in life have better language skills than those who wait.
  • The seeds of a desirable workforce skills—critical thinking, teamwork, effective communication—are planted before the age of five.

What can you do?

Bring your children and spread the word about the library’s Grow a Reader classes. Each class is presented by specially trained staff who share stories, songs, and activities that lay the foundation your child needs to get ready to read.

  • Visit your local library regularly to check out titles even your baby is sure to enjoy!
  • Read to your child daily and keep it fun! Stop reading as soon as they show you they're done.
  • Reach out and thank parents, teachers, and all adults who help young children get a great start.

Grow a Reader classes

Specially trained staff present stories, songs, and activities that lay the foundation your child needs to get ready to read. We offer Grow a Reader classes for babies through age 5 and on evenings and weekends. Don't worry if you can't attend one this week, we celebrate early literacy every day. Click below to see a schedule of upcoming Grow a Reader classes at all library branches. 

City of Fredericksburg: Fredericksburg Branch

Stafford County: Howell Branch | Porter Branch

Spotsylvania County: Salem Church Branch | Snow Branch

Westmoreland County: Cooper Branch | Montross Branch | Newton Branch

Special Guest Readers will join us at the following classes for recognizing the importance of early childhood education. The listings will be published as readers are confirmed. 

Alphabet Soup, Ages 2-5 with a caregiver. Daycares welcome.

Snow Branch, Monday, April 16, 11:00-11:30
Special Guest: Spotsylvania County Supervisor Kevin Marshall

Fredericksburg Branch, Tuesday, April 17, 9:30-10:00
Special Guest: Delegate Bob Thomas

Howell Branch, Wednesday, April 18, 10:00-10:30
Special Guest: Stafford County Supervisor Wendy Maurer

Salem Church Branch, Friday, April 20, 10:00-10:30
Special Guest: Spotsylvania County Supervisor David Ross

Cooper Branch, Friday, April 20, 11:00-11:30
Special Guest: Colonial Beach Public Schools Superintendent Kevin Newman

Preschool Time, Ages 3-5 with a caregiver.

Porter Branch, Thursday, April 19, 9:30-10:00
Special Guests: Stafford County Sheriff David Decatur and Stafford County Supervisor Cindy Shelton


Fast Facts about the Early Years

The seeds of desirable workforce skills - critical thinking, teamwork, effective communication - are planted before the age of five.

The seeds of desirable workforce skills - critical thinking, teamwork, effective communication - are planted before the age of five. The more you know about the goals and programs in your community, the easier it is for your business to be a good partner. Learn more at smartbeginningsra.org.

Studies show that every $1 invested in early childhood education returns up to $17 to our community.

Studies show that every $1 invested in early childhood education returns up to $17 to our community. Support legislation that increases the availability of high-quality early childhood care and education. Learn more at smartbeginningsra.org.

High quality early care and educational experiences shape a child's future academic success and life skills.

High quality early care and educational experiences shape a child’s future academic success and life skills. Find an easy to use checklist for choosing child care at va.childcareaware.org.

Children exposed to books early in life have better language skills than those who wait.

Children exposed to books early in life have better language skills than those who wait. Visit your local library regularly to check out titles even your baby is sure to enjoy!

The first five years are the most critical in the development of a child's brain. 90% percent of brain development occurs before they reach kindergarten.

The first five years are the most critical in the development of a child’s brain. 90% percent of brain development occurs before they reach kindergarten. Read, talk, play or sing to your children every day to support their healthy growth and next developmental milestones. Visit www.infantva.org/Families.htm.

One in seven children in our community arrives in kindergarten without the basic skills to succeed.

One in seven children in our community arrives in kindergarten without the basic skills to succeed. Find a list of school readiness skills to enhance your child’s transition to kindergarten at goo.gl/ULvgZo.

The basic necessity of child care is becoming even more difficult for families to access and afford.

The basic necessity of childcare is becoming even more difficult for families to access and afford. Encourage government and businesses to keep quality child care needs, including affordability, at the forefront of policy discussion.