This month, Talk, Read, Play distributed more than 440 books to multiple Head Start partners across Johnson County in efforts to encourage early literacy.
Earlier this year, Johnson County partnered with The Family Conservancy and United Community Services of Johnson County for Talk, Read, Play to engage residents to get involved and interact with children help develop a brighter future for them. One activity associated with Talk, Read, Play was a book drive with donation sites at various Johnson County Library locations. The book drive yielded 447 books for children under the age of file.
Books were distribute the first week of August to Berry Sweet Daycare, Busy Beez Childcare, Hiersteiner Child Development Center at Johnson County Community College, KidZone, Parkwood Day School and Tender Harts.
Talking, Reading and Playing with a child every day helps with brain development, self esteem and vocabulary — a key predictor of a child’s ability to succeed in school. School success leads to positive outcomes in the community. This means greater high school graduation rates, more skilled and contributing citizens and a reduced need for welfare programs.
Learn more about Talk, Read, Play at jocogov.org/talk-read-play.