The Del Valle Child Development Center (CDC) encourages parents and children to participate in the 1000 Books before Kindergarten initiative. The initiative encourages parents to read 1000 books to their children beginning in infancy. Parents are asked to record the titles of all books shared with their children. The CDC awards children a pencil or bookmark for every 50 books recorded, with a free book earned for every 100 books completed. Many of the students at the CDC have already completed hundreds of books.

Research indicates reading at least one book every day to a young child can significantly increase their enjoyment and interest in future reading. If parents read one book per day beginning when their babies are infants, they will reach 1000 books right after they turn three.

“Early literacy is critical because it is the foundation for future success,” said Scott Willie, Director of the Del Valle Childhood Development Center, “Reading rocks!”

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