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County Library & Parents As Teachers Team Up to Promote Early Literacy

Press Release

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 8:45a.m.

St. Louis County Library is partnering with Parents as Teachers (PAT) for a pilot program starting this month at five local school districts. The library is creating early literacy kits for PAT educators to take into the homes of their clients. Each kit contains books and interactive activities around a theme, such as sleep, discipline, nutrition, concepts (shapes, numbers, etc.), animals and more. PAT educators will use the kits to help reinforce the importance of reading and play within the home, as well as the resources available at their local library.

Studies have shown that when caregivers read and play with small children it improves their school readiness. Using resources from the library, PAT educators will promote the importance of early literacy to participating families. In addition, each family visited by a PAT educator will receive a free book to add to their personal library.

The pilot program will take place in the following school districts: Affton, Riverview Gardens, Jennings, Bayless and Hancock.

The program is funded by grants from the Boeing Employee Community Fund and the Allen P. & Josephine B. Green Foundation. The grants will also support special programs and early literacy fairs at the branches near the participating school districts.

To learn more about the County Library’s new pilot program, please contact Jennifer McBride, Communications Manager at 314-994-3300 ext. 2250 or jmcbride@slcl.org.