LEARN (Literacy in Education Access Resources Network) is the umbrella for all of the Literacy Programs which the Foundation supports. It includes the following:
Reach Out and Read is a pediatric literacy program we support in partnership with Solano County Library, small health clinics in the county and larger medical groups such as NorthBay Healthcare Foundation, Sutter Regional Medical Foundation and Kaiser Permanente. It makes literacy promotion a standard part of pediatric care.
Understanding that the time to start reading to children is in infancy, pediatricians and healthcare providers incorporate books and reading into well baby checkups for children from birth to five years old. During the check up, health-care providers give parents concrete, developmentally appropriate advice about reading, as well as use books as an assessment tool in determining the child's development. At the end of each visit, the child is given a book.
The Reach Out and Read program model is based on research that shows a connection between the frequency of sharing books with babies, toddlers and young children and enhanced language development. Research also shows that preschoolers need 1000 hours of contact time with literacy activities to be ready for kindergarten. By distributing books through local pediatric offices, Reach Out and Read reaches children (and their parents) earlier than most other reading programs, with dramatic results.
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Solano County Library Foundation supports Solano County Library implementation of this countywide reading program that seeks to motivate children to read and experience a book together. It gives students in grades 4-8 in all the schools in the Solano County Library cities (Fairfield, Suisun, Rio Vista, Vacaville and Vallejo) a chance to attend an event where a book author speaks at several libraries close to the participating schools and and receive free books.
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Adult Literacy: We provide support to services that help adults learn to read.
English as a Second Language: We provide support to services that help adults who are learning English.
Women's History: A yearly program that the Foundation hosts to support the purchase of women's history books and literacy programs in our libraries.