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Facts on Literacy

Benefits of Reading to Preschoolers

  • The single most significant factor influencing a child's early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school.
    • - National Commission on Reading, 1985

  • Reading to a child aged 3-5 years builds alphabetic knowledge, print convention concepts and phonological awareness - skills that are fundamental to literacy.
    • - America's Early Childhood Literacy Gap, Commissioned by Jumpstart, September 2009

  • At least 50% of the educational achievement gaps between poor and non-poor children already exist when entering kindergarten.
    • - National School Readiness Indicators Initiative Report: Executive Summary, February 2005

Read the 2006 Assessment of the Effectiveness of the Redwood City Public Library's Traveling Storytime Program

The following links provide additional information and tips regarding early childhood literacy:

Grants and Awards

Organizations that have Supported the Traveling Storytime Program through Grants and Awards

  • Peninsula Community Foundation
  • Danforth Foundation
  • Claire Giannini Fund
  • Palo Alto Women's Club
  • Northern California Childrens' Booksellers Association
  • Friends of the Redwood City Public Library
  • Redwood City Library Foundation
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Volunteer and preschoolers Singing Itsy Bitsy Spider


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