Read to Me Initiative
Reading to your baby early is not about their understanding what is being read to them, but about the experience. Parents who read aloud to their young child enhance the parent-child relationship, prepare their child to learn language, and build early literacy skills.
Great Beginnings Early Education Center Library and Parents as Teachers are partnering to launch an initiative with the goal of providing a gift of a board book (Read to Me by Judi Moreillon) to each family under the umbrella of Great Beginnings services* to celebrate the birth or adoption of a new baby.
The program is tentatively set to launch in January 2021.
To let us know about a new baby (born August 1, 2020 or later), submit the form below. Requests must be made before the baby is six months old.
*Parents as Teachers, Head Start, Early Head Start, and those enrolled in Great Beginnings preschool - both the Legacy location as well as satellite sites.
The Read to Me Initiative was honored to receive a donation from Mr. Matt Sanning of the Lee's Summit Rotary Club. Matt wholeheartedly believes in the power of early literacy and, through a grant awarded as thanks for his service as President of the Lee's Summit Noon Rotary Club, donated 500 copies of Read to Me by Judi Moreillon to support this work.
Pictured from left: Kimberly Rues, Amy Chinnery-Valmassei, Matt Sanning, Laura Maxwell, Carl Chinnery, Monica Humbard, and Tracy Halphin.
Drew Lock, former LSHS quarterback and current starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos is supporting this work. Drew made a generous donation that will fund books and materials for the 2020-2021 program year.
Drew knows the value of education and believes in the power of reading to the youngest members of our community.
Thank you, Drew!