The foundation for learning how to read begins in infancy. Infants as young as six weeks old enjoy being read to, and research shows that this practice stimulates brain growth in infants. By two or three years of age, children begin to develop an awareness of printed letters and words. They also begin to notice the adults around them reading, writing and using printed words, which helps them develop a propensity for reading and writing. Toddlers and preschoolers are especially eager to learn and are influenced greatly from adults reading to and with them. Reading is one adventure you, as a parent, will not want to miss, because the benefits are far-reaching. Reading really does jumpstart a lifetime of learning.
The objective of COA's Just Read Program is that every child learns to read early and well, thereby reaching his or her full potential in school and life. That's why we:
Invest in your Children - read to them!