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Over $76,000 Awarded to 11 Smart Start Partnerships Across NC
RALEIGH, NC—The North Carolina Partnership for Children (NCPC) announced the award of $76,500 to Smart Start partnerships across North Carolina to expand work through the early literacy program Reach Out and Read (ROR).
ROR is a national program that supports doctors in their efforts to “prescribe” reading to young children and families during well-child visits. Smart Start works with medical practices across the state to promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms by giving books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud. This includes book sharing, free books for children to keep, and waiting rooms full of books.
“We know that a key indicator that a child has a strong foundation to lead a productive life is third grade reading ability,” stated Dr. Nancy H. Brown, Board Chair of NCPC. “By starting early with literacy programs that assist parents in developing habits of reading daily to their children and assist children in discovering an early love of reading, we ensure our state’s youngest citizens start school ready to learn and prepared to excel.”
In the 2012-2013 fiscal year, Smart Start served over 20,000 children through ROR. In addition, families returning to the doctor were 57 percent more likely to be reading to their child every day than parents new to the program.
“Reach Out and Read is thrilled to be able to expand our partnership with Smart Start in communities across North Carolina,” stated Callee Boulware, Executive Director of Reach Out and Read Carolinas. “The partnership is a natural one – the network of local partnerships helps to support strong, high-quality Reach Out and Read programs in communities, better supporting children and families across the state.”
The following Smart Start partnerships received awards for ROR to be expanded to their communities:
- Children and Youth Partnership for Dare County: $4,500
- Smart Start of New Hanover County: $9,000
- Stokes Partnership for Children: $4,500
- Down East Partnership for Children: $4,500
- Carteret County Partnership for Children: $4,500
- Smart Start of Davidson County: $4,500
- Smart Start of Forsyth County: $18,000
- Wake County Smart Start: $9,000
- Orange County Partnership for Young Children: $4,500
- Partnership for Children of Johnston County: $4,500
- Smart Start of Yadkin County: $9,000
In addition to these new awards, 14 partnerships received funding to continue ROR programs in their communities. NCPC will also be purchasing books for all new medical practices participating in the program.
Smart Start, a network of nonprofit local partnerships led by The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. (NCPC), creates innovative solutions to measurably increase learning and the healthy development of children birth to five. Smart Start gives local communities the freedom and responsibility to determine how to increase the health, well-being and development of their children based on the needs and resources of their local communities. NCPC establishes measurable statewide goals and communities determine the best approach to achieving them. For more information click here.