The Freeport Public Library is partnering with the Stephenson County Health Department and All Our Kids Network to help support literacy services for families with young children in Freeport by providing two children’s books and one parenting book to all babies born in Freeport for one year. The library will also hold eight monthly parenting café meetings and quarterly early childhood literacy and education workshops for parents and caregivers of young children.
The purpose of the Early Childhood Support Initiative is to connect parents and families with young children to resources and services and support through a multi-level approach that builds a love for reading, and meets families where they are. The project fosters literacy building, parenting support, and parent/caregiver education.
Early literacy has proven to have a significant relationship with graduation rates across a variety of contributing factors. Providing families with access to books immediately promoting positive home literacy environments, increases children’s attitudes toward reading, and builds early literacy skills.
FCF is a proud supporter of this project!