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Bradford-Tioga Head Start Gets Caught Reading!

Reading is a necessity for learning. Therefore, it is never too early to get children started! Even an infant can look at pictures, listen to a voice, and point to objects on pages. Research indicates that early language experiences like this actually stimulate a child's brain to grow. It also acknowledges that reading to children gives them a huge advantage when they start school. 

Preschool aged children enrolled in Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. are exposed to reading every day. Not only do they have teachers read books to them, but staff also work on reading when they are practicing numbers, setting up classroom duties, etc. In other words, teachers are making learning to read FUN!

May is “Get Caught Reading” month. What is “Get Caught Reading”? It is a nationwide campaign set out to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. Launched in 1999, "Get Caught Reading" is the brainchild of former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of American Publishers, the industry association representing book publishers. She saw the opportunity to spread the word about the joys of reading through an industry-supported literacy campaign.

Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. celebrates Get Caught Reading Month” all year long. Partnering with agencies such as the First National Book Bank and PA One Book, BTHS is able to purchase books for children and families at a reasonable cost. This then provides every child enrolled in BTHS with at least one book per month throughout the school year. In turn, this encourages the habit of reading at home.  Families are also encouraged to read with their children on a regular basis, through parent education, resources and support. 

During a recent Family Literacy Event at the Wellsboro Head Start center, each child was given a copy of the book "Daniel finds a Poem". Families met with a local librarian and were encouraged to utilize their local library by signing up for a library card if they did not already have one. The classroom also had a special guest read to the children and families.

“At Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. we hope to encourage families to enjoy books”, stated Kim Sexauer, Education Coordinator. “We want to share the pleasure of reading with all the children in our program. So let’s all Get Caught Reading!”

Photo Caption:       Green Free Library librarian, Chandra Weigle, talks to Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. parents and children about the importance of reading and about how to obtain a library card.