Happy Birthday, Dr. King

“The curse of poverty has no justification in our age. It is socially as cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism at the dawn of civilization, when men ate each other because they had not yet learned to take food from the soil or to consume the abundant animal life around them. The time has … Continue reading

Scientists Discover that Learning to Read Can Physically Alter the Brain

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Wednesday, December 9, 2009 http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/breaking/s_656950.html Two Carnegie Mellon University scientists have uncovered the first evidence that intensive instruction to improve reading skills in young children causes the brain to physically rewire itself. This instruction causes the brain to create new white matter that improves communication with the brain, CMU researchers Timothy … Continue reading

Why Read Aloud to Children?

from the Family Literacy Foundation Why Read Aloud with Children? Studies prove that the most important thing adults can do in preparing young children for success in school and reading is to read aloud with them. Many doctors believe that a child that has never had the experience of being read to is not a fully … Continue reading

A Thanksgiving Prayer from Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman is President of the Children’s Defense Fund whose Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. This is a … Continue reading

This just in from the National Association of Counties…

The “Alameda County Library “Start with a Story” Project was recently awarded a 2009 Achievement Award for Model Programs from the National Association of Counties (NACo). Below is an article from the National Association of Counties’ County Newsletter: ‘Start with a Story’ Program Promotes Literacy for Inmates’ Families By Dan Miller SPECIAL TO COUNTY NEWS  With … Continue reading

Dear Mr. President

On Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13, Start with a Story participants will have an opportunity to write a letter to President Obama. In celebration of International Literacy Day, and as a kick-off to the Start with a Story Project’s Family Literacy Art Days, children visiting a the project table at Santa Rita Jail … Continue reading