Children need a strong early learning foundation to succeed in school and life. We are proud to partner with local organizations to bring attention to this issue of vital importance to our community.
Did you know?
Children exposed to books early in life have better language skills than those who wait?
90% percent of a child’s brain is developed before reaching kindergarten?
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!
Visit us at one of this week's 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.
Ages 2-5 with a caregiver. Daycares welcome
Snow, Monday, April 13, 11:00 - 11:30 with Virginia House of Delegates Speaker, Mark Cole
Headquarters, Tuesday, April 14, 9:30 - 10:00 with Virginia House of Delegates Speaker, William Howell
England Run, Wednesday, April 15, 10:00 - 10:30 with Stafford Board of Supervisors member, Meg Bohmke
Porter, Friday, April 17, 9:30 - 10:00 with Virginia House of Delegates member, Michael Futrell
Ages 3-5 with a caregiver
Salem Church, Thursday April 16, 10:00 - 10:50 to be announced
Saturday, April 18, 9-12
Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center
Caregivers with babies and young children will be able to meet with library staff, area non-profits and companies who will share information and samples of products and services you’re sure to love. Activities include a 3-D printer demonstration and costume character photo opportunities. The March of Dimes “March for Babies” will also be held.
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.
- Support legislation that increases the availability of high quality early childhood care and education.
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.
- Visit your local library regularly to check out titles even your baby is sure to enjoy! Learn more at librarypoint.org
The first five years are the most critical in the development of a child’s brain. 90% percent of brain development occurs between birth and age five.
- Read, talk, play or sing to your child 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.
- 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.
- Encourage government and businesses to keep quality child care needs, including affordability, at the forefront of policy discussion.
Choosing High Quality Care:
- Virginia Department of Social Services Guide for Choosing Quality Childcare
- NACCRRA Research Reports
Why Quality Matters:
- Why Business Should Support Early Childhood Education report
- FAQ on Week of the Young Child
- World Health Organization, Early child development
- National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies
- Virginia Department of Social Services, Child Day Care
- Virginia’s Early Childhood Advisory Council
- Virginia Preschool Initiative
- Understanding Brain Development in Young Children
- Child Development and Early Learning
- Research into Practice: Brain Development and early Childhood Education: What is the Connection?
- A Science- Based Framework for Early Childhood Policy; Core Concepts In The Science Of Early Childhood Development; Building the Brain’s “Air Traffic Control” System: How Early Experiences Shape the Development of Executive Function, Working Paper 11
- National Institute for Literacy
- Resources on Literacy for Parents of Young Children
- Reading Rocksts: resources for parents, educators, and children