Our community is stronger and the economy is enhanced when families have access to resources and higher literacy levels. A strong literacy foundation leads to more educational and employment opportunities giving way to lower poverty and chronic unemployment.
We offer a variety of programs for all ages and skill levels.
Our programs and services are designed to assist adults, children, and families to gain skills for literacy success.
Since 2001, Kindergarten Readiness is one of our most popular early literacy programs. The purpose is to increase the vocabulary level of at-risk children and to create the desire to learn. This project involves eight weeks of daily one-on-one volunteer interaction with selected Pre-K students.
Let’s Read Muscogee
During the month of March each year we highlight the importance of early literacy. This is kicked off in our community by celebrating Read Across America Day on March 2nd.
Mayor’s Summer Reading Club
The Mayor’s Summer Reading Club is a program that promotes literacy skills and vocabulary enrichment in children ages birth through eight and their families.
Family Literacy Programs
We collaborate with parents to develop thriving children through the power of literacy through parent training sessions, resource fairs, and community involvement.
Our Family Literacy programs include: The Basics, a class offered for all families to help improve literacy skills, Book Parades, in which we provide beautiful new books to at-risk children, and Reading Festivals, which are family focused events that are fun for all ages.
Adult Literacy Programs
Free basic adult literacy classes for under-educated adults to become more self-sufficient primarily through improving reading and math skills. This program also includes presentations and resources for financial literacy, healthy lifestyles, homeownership, and basic computer skills.
Recommended Tools for Parents
Here are some of the tools we recommend for parents in order to provide their children with the desire to learn.
Give families impacted by trauma the extra layer of support they need and deserve, from birth to Grade 8.
Ready4K Trauma-Informed provides a unique combination of protective factors-aligned messages, connections to concrete supports in time of need, family communications tools, and critical data.
Ferst Readers’ recipe for encouraging early literacy development is simple. Ensure children have developmentally appropriate books in their home and provide parents with resources that support them in their role as their child’s first teacher.
Children in the Ferst Readers literacy program receive a bookstore-quality, age-specific book, and resources mailed to them at home every month until their 5th birthday.
The Basics are 5 evidence-based parenting and caregiving principles that can benefit children from all backgrounds.
It is inspired by the fact that 80% of brain growth happens in the first 3 years of life. During this period, skill gaps between socio-economic, racial, and ethnic groups become clearly apparent.