We strive to ensure that every disadvantaged Victorian child has the opportunity to acquire literacy and reading skills to reach their full potential, succeed at school and beyond. We focus on children aged 0-5 with initiatives to develop school preparedness and seeing kids have a love and habit for reading in their early years.
Nourishing a child’s mind in the first five years of life is as essential as feeding her body. Research confirms that what happens to children’s brains in their earliest years shapes the adults they become, the success they achieve, and the contributions they make to our economy and society. Unfortunately, too many of our kids from low income and migrant/refugee backgrounds today are not getting the nourishment they need. Many children who grow up in low-income families enter school with substantially smaller vocabularies than their classmates. And this disadvantage leads to further disparities in achievement and success over time, from academic performance and persistence to earnings and family stability even 20 and 30 years later. Coming to school without words is like coming to school without food or adequate health care. It makes it harder for kids to develop their creativity and imagination, to learn, excel, and live up to their full potential. It should spur us to action just like child hunger and child poverty. We are here to address this issue. We provide pop-libraries in playgroups, tutoring & literacy support, Read Aloud sessions, free children's books, parent mentoring & support....All targeted to children, families and communities where illiteracy is common.
Funded by Melbourne (February 2018)