The importance of instilling a love of reading at a young age has a local business and a couple agencies teaming up to get books in the hands of babes.
Approximately 800 books are handed out each year through the Books for Babies and Toddlers programs.
Thanks to funding from Nixon Wenger, the Junction Family Literacy Centre works with public health units to give out books at the six and 18 month vaccination appointments.
“Public health nurses and volunteers at the Health Centre love sharing the books and observe that parents sit and read them to their babies while waiting for their appointment,” said Wendy Aasen, Junction executive director.
The Literacy Centre also works with Learning Resource Teachers at all 14 elementary schools to provide workshops for parents with children in Grade 1.
The workshops, titled Come Read with Me and You Can Count on Me, reach approximately 531 students.
“Parents learn how to support their child with fun reading and math activities at home,” said Aasen, as kits with books are also handed out.
Note to parents of toddlers born in 2009: the kindergarten clinic takes place May 29 and 30 at the Vernon Health Unit. Call 250-549-5721 to book.