Rock and Read Literacy Project

It's been said, "The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world." Research shows that parents who rock the cradle and read to their babies increase the likelihood that their children will learn to love reading at an early age and become more successful readers in the future. Research also shows that children who live in poverty are likely not to have the necessary books at a young age that will help them become lovers of reading, and therefore, they face a literacy problem.

The University of West Alabama Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, the UWA Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), and the HealthStart Maternity Care Program of the Tombigbee Healthcare Authority partnered to promote early literacy.

Over 500 mothers-to-be who are registered in the HealthStart Maternity Care Program in the Tombigbee Healthcare Authority service area will receive from Care Coordinators a tote bag that contains 3 to 4 baby board books, along with information about the importance of reading to children from cradle to kindergarten. These mothers-to-be are more often than not recipients of Medicaid and come from low income families, where many households contain few or no books. The Care Coordinators are reporting that the mothers are very pleased and even excited to receive the baby board books and tote bags.

Rock and Read Literacy Project 2010 Photo Album
Rock and Read Literacy Project 2009 Photo Album