Books Beginning at Birth Program for Texas Families
Early childhood programs have long-lasting impacts on children, families, and broader communities. The Texas Association for the Education of Young Children (TXAEYC) and BookSpring launched the Books Beginning at Birth program to ensure more families are empowered and motivated to read together.
Texas families with children from birth through age four will have free access to print and digital books and other literacy resources to promote reading at home. The website (https://b3tx.org/) is filled with free tips, videos, and other resources to help families begin reading with their babies and toddlers.
Language develops in a baby’s brain as soon as they are born. According to a 2019 study, “Parents who read one picture book with their children every day provide their children with exposure to an estimated 78,000 words each year.”
Studies show that reading together is vital in fostering healthy brain development in children. Families are encouraged to apply to get books delivered at home.
Community groups, pre-k programs, childcare centers, or health clinics are invited to partner with us to help families develop strong reading habits.
Books Beginning at Birth provides resources to families living in low socioeconomic areas to enhance literacy skills and socio-emotional engagement in young children. BookSpring and TXAEYC hope to bridge the word gap and contribute to literacy equity across Texas.
About TXAEYC: The Texas Association for the Education of Young Children (TXAEYC) is a professional membership association that works to increase access to high-quality early childhood education and advance a diverse, well-prepared, and well-compensated early childhood profession. With over 3,000 members and 20 local chapters, TXAEYC is the largest membership organization in Texas for early childhood professionals. It is committed to providing programs and services that equitably meet the needs of young children, their families, and early childhood professionals. For additional information, visit www.texasaeyc.org.
About BookSpring: BookSpring builds early literacy in children and families through healthcare (Rx), education (Ed), and the community (Go). Our vision is a world of families reading and succeeding together! Our literacy programs aim to empower children in underserved communities with culturally diverse books, read-aloud opportunities, and meaningful interactions to stimulate language exposure and increase their motivation to read, which improves overall school success. For more information, visit bookspring.org.