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Prepare Your Child For Lifelong Learning Success

3/13/2014 -- March is Read Aloud Month!

Did you know?

• Babies are born learning

• You are a child’s first and most important teacher

• If you wait, it’s too late


Reading aloud starting at birth is the best way to prepare a child for lifelong learning success.

So listen up parents and caregivers.


Read Aloud 15 MINUTES. Every child. Every parent. Every day.


The Read Aloud 15 MINUTES organization says 15 minutes of daily reading aloud from birth to age 8 can change the face of education in this country.

Their goal is to have every American child ready to read when entering kindergarten and continuing to build skills throughout the early school years.


More than half the children in this country — 13 million children — will not hear a bedtime story tonight, per Read Aloud.

Even in higher-income households, nearly 40 percent of families do not read aloud every day, Read Aloud says.



Why is reading aloud at an early age so important?

• Research shows that reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent or caregiver can do to help a child prepare for reading and learning.

• Children who are read aloud to by parents get a head start in language and literacy skills and go to school better prepared.

• From birth to age 3 are critical years in the development of language skills. (Source:


So keep reading to your child.


Join the 15 MINUTES movement - Every child. Every parent. Every day.