March Read Aloud Month Stresses Parents’ Vital Role: “If You Wait, It’s Too Late!”

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Before elementary school. Before kindergarten. Before preschool. Children are learning. Not just learning; they are building the foundations that will support their education for years to come. Science has proved that birth to age 5 is perhaps the most important period of development in a child’s life.

That’s why we’ve always been committed to early childhood education and why we’ve joined the national campaign for Read Aloud 15 MINUTES, a nonprofit organization that is working to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes the new standard in child care. This year’s campaign wants all parents to know: If you wait, it’s too late.

Today, we’re highlighting Read Aloud’s parent handout for March, “The School of YOU!” You can download the handout in English here or Spanish here to share and distribute within your district or personal networks.

And don’t forget, tomorrow is World Read Aloud Day! To celebrate, Read Aloud 15 MINUTES and some of its partners will be organizing a Facebook chat on the benefits of reading aloud, as well as its potential as a tool for social change. To join the conversation, visit PBS NewsHour’s Facebook page from 11 am to 12 pm EST tomorrow, Wednesday, March 4.

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