The National Early Literacy Panel encourages reading to children as a way to promote their literacy skill development, and this early reading is even more important for children who are experiencing developmental delays.
Noticing that some families had limited resources to assist their children, Lisa Brickman (Early Childhood Special Education Consultant/AD) asked the Adel Kiwanis Club to support her goal of providing the book First 100 Words to all families in Regions 1 and 2 who have infants and toddlers (birth to age 3) receiving Early ACCESS services.
“The idea came from two things,” Brickman said. “I heard some people talking about wanting to get funding for some books they would like to buy. Secondly, I had gotten a new referral—a family from Africa. In talking and working with this family and having them ask me questions, I realized that in their culture, children’s books were a luxury. They did not have any picture books for their child. I felt that every child needs at least one book of their own.”
From these conversations, Brickman’s book project was born. After a promising funding lead fell through, she was not ready to give up. Brickman reached out to the Adel Kiwanis Club, whose overall mission is to support children in anyway they can.
“I laid out the project, then asked the Adel Kiwanis to choose the option that they would be willing to fund,” Brickman said. “Serving districts in Regions 1 and 2, I wanted to include (families who live in) all the districts served.”
Because of Brickman’s persistent work and the Adel Kiwanis Club’s generosity, 275 children in Regions 1 and 2 will receive a copy of First 100 Words. Families will now have yet another resource to help build on their child’s literacy skill set!