Successful Parents

Parents are their children's first teacher,
advocate and coach. 

Parents Set the Stage

Parents play the most powerful and influential role in his or her's child's life. They are the child’s first teacher, brain builder, tech navigator, advocate and coach. Parents set the stage for success in the early years and early grades. Parents can best prepare children for school, establish good school attendance habits and prevent summer learning loss. Black Hills Reads recognizes that parents are the secret ingredient!

Our Progress

Without parents, it is unlikely that we can make progress on Black Hills Reads'
three community solution areas -- readiness, attendance, summer reading -- or
prepardness for third grade proficiency. This is why a focus on supporting
parents should be integrated across all our work in communities across the country. 

Tips to Help your child become a successful reader:

• Read to your child every day and make it routine.
• Talk and listen in everything you do.
• Take books with you wherever you go.
• Have books at home.
• Visit your local library.




Baby's First Book Bag

A collection of early literacy materials, developmental
check lists and other community literacy resources. 

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

A book is mailed monthly to families with
children under the
age of 5, who might not otherwise 
be able to afford age appropriate books for their children.



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