The American Academy of Pediatrics Promotes Early Literacy

The American Academy of Pediatrics Promotes Early Literacy

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For the first time, on June 23, 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement that promotes reading aloud to children daily, beginning in infancy.

The policy statement recommends that pediatric providers promote early literacy development by: (1) advising parents of the benefits of reading aloud with young children; (2) counseling all parents about shared-reading activities; (3) providing developmentally appropriate books during their visits for all high-risk, low-income young children; (4) using different options to support and promote these efforts; and (5) partnering with other child advocates that support and promote these key early shared-reading experiences.

Click for the full abstract and/or text of the policy statement.

The 1000 Books Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity. We have already begun preliminary discussions with pediatric providers and welcome any pediatric provider to contact our organization for further information on the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program and its deployment.