United Way's funded partnership, the
'Family Reading Program,'
(led by Northern Nevada Literacy Council) engages families in early literacy and nurtures the joy of reading.
For the first time this impactful program is offered at Inter Tribal Head Sta
Nevada (ITCN) sites. This fall, sessions were held in Fallon, Owyhee, Elko and Yerington, with more sessions slated for McDermott, Lovelock, Pyramid Lake, Reno/Sparks, and Walker River in the winter and spring.
By working directly with Tribal Head Start, the program is reaching families with some of the greatest need in our region.
The partnership also continues to provide its regular program to area families in libraries and community meeting spaces.
"My family has reading nights at home, so the program reinforces what we are already doing. But I liked reading the "I Spy" book and then creating the "I Spy" bags because the hands-on activity was directly related to the book."
--Stuart Doshier, father of Aubry and Kaiya.
Family reading, South Valleys Library, Reno
United Way has been work-
ing to build early literacy for several years.
Why? Students who are not prepared to read by third grade are
less likely to graduate high school
, less likely to go to college and less likely to be prepared for the work force.
Currently, 70 percent of the youth in Nevada are not reading at grade level. So there's a lot of work to do.
Volunteering is one way to get involved.
Contact Ashley - she will get your company or group involved.