First Steps focuses on literacy

Published 2:18 pm Friday, December 30, 2011

Sen. Bryan Taylor served as a special reader during the First Steps Early Childhood Development Center’s initiative aimed at focusing on literacy. Submitted Photo

First Steps Early Childhood Development Center focused on literacy the week of December 5th-9th.

This initiative was provided through a grant through Children’s Trust Fund of Alabama.  Sen. Bryan Taylor; LBW literature teacher, Mollie Waters and Greenville Public Library Children Specialist Lee Jones were special readers throughout the week. The children in both Bright Beginnings and First Steps also participated in a Book Fair on campus.

Researchers report children who have memorized six to eight nursery rhymes become good readers. Rhyming is an essential pre-literacy skill because it creates an awareness of ending sounds in words. Reports suggest that for every year a parent reads with a child, the child’s average lifetime earnings increase by $50,000.

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First Steps Early Childhood Development Center is located at 211 School Highlands Road Greenville, Al. For more information call (334)371-2104.