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Read, Dance, Sing! BHB's Early Literacy Kits Reinforce Key Parenting Practices

The Family Literacy Coalition (FLC) has developed early literacy kits in conjunction with the Enoch Pratt Free Library to support parents in developing the pre-literacy skills of very young children.  

Kits include finger puppets, a toy microphone, a 123 Baltimore counting book and other materials that reinforce the five Parenting Practices—read, write, dance, talk, sing—derived from the national Every Child Ready to Read curriculum.

In early December, 12 Baltimore City Public Schools in-home teachers and 4 Southeast Early Head Start staff were trained to integrate the kit materials and curriculum to their home visits to families with children under three.  A total of 225 kits will be distributed throughout 2014—165 through the school system and and 60 through Southeast Early Head Star. A program evaluation will measure changes in literacy practices over time.

Posters promoting the five Parenting Practices have also been developed and will be distributed in English and Spanish across the service delivery centers of FLC coalition partners in the next quarter. 



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