When my dear friend Monica White asked me to be one of the celebrity readers in the inaugural Take 5 and Read to Kids event, I was thrilled to be instrumental in helping educate the community on the importance of early childhood literacy.
Only one in three children start kindergarten with the basic skills needed to learn to read.
Take 5 and Read to Kids! is a partnership between the Ventura County Star and First 5 Ventura County to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood literacy. Take 5 encourages parents and caregivers to talk, read, and sing with young children ages 0-5 to support their early language and literacy development.
Being introduced to books in the home and reading to a child before they enter school has been shown to be the strongest predictor of school success. And yet, in Ventura County, nearly a third of children are not read to everyday. Take 5 and Read to Kids!!