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Raising Readers

When adults read with young children it makes them better prepared to start school.

Studies have found that children whose caregivers read to them for twenty minutes a day find reading enjoyable and are ready to enter school with early literacy skills. It sounds so simple, yet 54.6% of children in Centre County are at risk for poor school performance. (PA Department of Child Development and Early Learning) The Centre County United Way Partner Network wants to give all kids in Centre County the chance to enter school with the skills they need to experience success as they progress through graduation and beyond.

To that end, the Partner Network has launched the Raising Readers Program in Centre County.

A book drive was held in March and over 2,000 books appropriate for children 5 and under were collected.

Books were distributed to Partner Agencies in July so they can begin to give parents and caregivers free books to read with their little ones.