Wilmington, DE – On Thursday, April 20th County Executive Matthew Meyer visited a New Castle County Library Kirkwood branch Story Time session to announce the launch of the New Castle County Library System’s latest early childhood reading initiative 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. The program provides resources and guidance to parents and caretakers of children from birth to 5 years of age, along with fun incentives that support children and their families on their journey to literacy.
“Reading to children every day is vitally important to their future of our country,” County Executive Meyer said. “Through the new 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, we build upon the New Castle library system’s commitment to have every child read every day.”
Research demonstrates that reading to children helps build language, literacy and social skills and helps prepare children for school:
Benefits of early access to books
Correlation between early reading and academic achievement
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, which leverages resources and materials from a national program developed by the 1000 Books Foundation, expands on the New Castle County Library System’s longstanding Story Time program which provides reading and socialization activities for children from birth through three years of age. These resources include recommended reading lists, tracking logs, and a Smartphone app to help families record their progress through the program. Parents and caretakers are encouraged to visit their local New Castle County library branch or visit nccde.org/libraries to learn more.
Watch a short video of the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Launch Event produced by New Castle County TV at YouTube.com/NCCDE.
Contact: Jason Miller, 302-545-1462