Children as young as infants learn vocabulary if their parents read books aloud, said Mandy Brown, St. Vincent Center for Children and Families program director.
So for the second year, community leaders volunteered to read books to children at St. Vincent during Literacy Week. Last year, 13 people volunteered. This year, the number grew to 34. The purpose is to motivate kids and families to reap the benefits of reading, which is fundamental to being a lifelong learner.
“It also allows people in the community to come in and really see what we do here,” Brown said. “We’re really not baby-sitting.”
St. Vincent is a nonprofit organization providing early childhood education to kids between the ages of six weeks and 6 years old. There are typically about 160-175 kids in 13 classrooms.