The Book Barn at Anna HouseReading is an essential part of any child’s education, and at Anna House, children are given a variety of opportunities to increase their literacy. The Belmont Child Care Association also tackles the problem of non-literacy: being able to read, but not having access to reading material.
We want to continue to build a collection of books in our Book Barn Library that will allow us to provide regular and frequent story times for our children. We would also like to have after-hours book clubs for our families, so that all family members can share in the pleasures and benefits of reading.
Research has shown time and again that the physical, intellectual, and emotional nurturing that early childhood reading can provide directly affects the present and future well being of our communities.
The advantages of reading and access to books cannot be underestimated. It is our primary goal and objective to ensure that the children of the backstretch have the same opportunities as all other four- and five-year-olds who are learning to read.
Most children in our community are first-generation Americans whose parents don’t speak English and whose own first language is Spanish. Literacy rates in backstretch families can be low, presenting further challenges for the children as they learn to read.
Beginning literacy and the love of books during early childhood will help break the circle of poverty that now exists for the majority of Anna House parents.