Let’s Read! Program encourages children to pick up a book

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A program which is aimed at encourage youngsters to read was last week launched by The Hon Peter Garrett MP, Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth.

Let’s Read supports Australian children to gain the foundational skills for language, literacy and learning success.

Building on existing evidence-based programs, the Let’s Read National Early Literacy Campaign will engage families, professionals and communities to promote high quality early years literacy promotion for children aged 0-5 years. The Campaign will use a multi-tiered and ecological approach generate a range of literacy promoting messages relevant to the developmental phases of children aged 0-5 years.

Murdoch Childrens and The Smith Family together with The Royal Children’s Hopsital Centre for Community Child health are working in partnership to deliver Let’s Read.

The Gillard Government is providing $1 million to enable early childhood educators, parents and carers access to Let’s Read resources.

Let’s Read was originally founded to give low income families with young children access to reading materials to help them develop the ability to name letters and play with sounds and words.

Minister for Early Childhood Peter Garrett said this extra funding will enable the program to be rolled out to all families.

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The Hon Peter Garrett MP, Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth launched the Let’s Read National Early Literacy Campaign at the International QEC conference in Melbourne.

“It’s vital that we address literacy early on in a child’s life. So far, more than 120,000 families have participated in the Lets Read project,” he said.

“This funding will help build the Let’s Read project which was originally created by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and The Smith Family.”

“At the heart of this project is a simple concept – to give the gift of reading,” Mr Garrett said.

Source: Murdoch Children Research Institute 

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Date Created: November 24, 2012 Date Modified: November 25, 2012