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 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!
Without parents, it is unlikely that we can make progress on Black Hills Reads'
three community solution areas -- school readiness, school attendance, summer learning -- or
preparedness 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.
Programs We Offer:
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 five who might not otherwise be able to afford age appropriate books for their children.