The moment your child enters the world, he or she embarks on a lifetime of learning—and you become their first and most important teacher. By talking, singing, reading, and engaging your child with loving words and snuggles throughout the day, you’re helping their brain to develop and providing a strong foundation for success in school and life.
One critical milestone in a child’s education is third-grade reading proficiency, because children who are strong readers by the time they leave third grade are prepared to read the books and materials covered in higher grades.
Early Language and Literacy Development Resources
- Chat About Children: The Child and Family Development program provides resources and training for early care and learning professionals and families on topics related to child development and family engagement.
- Cox Campus – Videos, guides, activity ideas, and online courses to help parents and families support their child’s early learning and development.
- Háblame Bebé: This app, available for both iOS and android phones, supports Spanish-speaking parents in delivering Language Nutrition to their infants and young children.
- 1,000 Books B4 Kindergarten – Boost your child’s early brain development and prepare them for success in school. Sign up to begin logging your books and earning incentives.
- Pre-K Summer Transition Program – For income-eligible families, this six-week program offers high-quality instruction to prepare rising PreK and K students for success in school.
- Quality Rated – This online search tool helps families find quality programs and offers tips about choosing high-quality child care.
- Sightwords –Free resources, including games, lessons and flash cards, to help parents teach their child to read.
- Talk With Me Baby – Free tips, videos and information about how parents can boost their baby’s brain development by talking with them throughout the day every day.
- Vroom: Boost learning from birth – 5! Available for iOS and android phones, this app is filled with fun and simple learning activities for mealtime, bathtime, bedtime, or anytime.
- Words2Reading – Grow your young reader through easy-to-follow videos, web links, downloadable documents, e-books, and audio clips all available online.
K-3 Learning Resources
- e-READ KIDS: This free collection of ebooks and audio books is for kids in pre K to fourth All you need is your library card number and PIN.
- Georgia Home Classroom: Includes instructional TV broadcasts aligned to Georgia’s state standards, along with a library of digital learning resources.
- iCivics: All around the world, schools are closing and transitioning to remote optionsas a precaution against the spread of Coronavirus. During this time, we want to remind teachers that free iCivics games and other resources are an option to keep the learning going outside of the school walls, staying connected with your students, and providing them with a healthy break from the headlines that can be unsettling.
- Rivet: With 2,000+ free leveled books for kids in K-2, quality reading practice has never been easier. The app features an engaging, kid-friendly interface and reading support on every page.
- Storyline Online: This award-winning children’s literacy website streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.
- Your Local Public Library – Find the closest public library to you and learn about their literacy and summer reading programs.
Health and Nutrition Resources
- FoodFinder – Enter your zip code on this website and smartphone app to find food pantries, kitchens and shelters near you.
- Georgia Gateway
Apply for Food Stamp and Medicaid benefits. Download an application. Go to connectebt.com for Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) or call 888-421-3281 for updates. You can also contact the DFCS Customer Contact Center at 877-423-4746 for additional information or to request a paper application. Find your county office.
- Georgia WIC – This health and nutrition program is for children ages 0-5 and women who are pregnant, nursing, or have recently given birth.
- Local Food Banks—Georgia Food Bank Association
Your community is served by one of Georgia’s eight Feeding America affiliate Food Banks. Find yours here to donate or get help.
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What Can I Do?
- Find a medical home for your family and ensure your child gets all well-child checkups and recommended immunizations. Find access to income-assisted insurance for children.
- Talk with your children, tell them stories, and read to them at all ages, beginning before birth.
- Find quality child care centers for your children.
- Learn more about your local schools and how to get involved.
- Browse through our stories for ideas and inspiration, and then come back to share your own success stories as your local efforts expand and deepen.
- Hear more about our four-pillar framework for achieving reading proficiency by third grade.
- Check out relevant data points for monitoring the progress of conditions related to achieving reading proficiency by third grade—and use our data tools.
- Find more resources to assist your child.
- Use the Community Locator to see if your community has joined the Campaign and, if not, find out how to bring yours together to get kids reading.