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School Smarts: Early literacy encourages learning success

WDRB (Louisville, KY)

Learning to read shouldn't wait until children reach school age. Teaching children the importance of literacy can start when they are babies. Erica Labar, M.D., the Medical Director, UofL Pediatrics Kosair Charities, explains the effort by local doctors to supply books to encourage parents to start children on the path to reading early. Research has shown that reading regularly with young children stimulates brain development, strengthens parent-child relationships and builds language, literacy and social-emotional skills that last a lifetime. Yet, two-thirds of U.S. children are not proficient readers by the end of third grade. The University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics actively promotes early literacy at its general pediatric practices to encourage school success. Working in partnership with Half Price Books and Carmichael's KIDS, the department is holding a month-long book drive to supplement its supply of books for patients.

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"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." — Frederick Douglass