Early Literacy in the Transformation Zone (Reach Out & Read and Motheread)

The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. (NCPC) built the capacity of Transformation Zone Counties to improve early literacy skills of young children using the Motheread and Reach Out and Read programs. The project offered planning stipends for community needs/assets assessment and readiness assessment regarding early literacy, followed by an opportunity to apply for funds to implement Motheread curricula and Reach and Out Read.

Three Motheread curricula were implemented in the Transformation Zone: Motheread/Fatheread, Story Exploring, and Birth and Beginning Years (B.A.B.Y.). The Motheread/Fatheread curriculum has parents of young children at risk for low literacy skills participate in a series of group sessions with a certified trainer to increase their reading confidence and learn the importance of shared reading and use of reading strategies to help their children be better prepared for success in school. The Story Exploring curriculum provides teachers, parents and caregivers with strategies to increase children’s reading comprehension, vocabulary and translation of spoken language to the written word. The B.A.B.Y curriculum follows a developmental approach from conception through the first year of an infant’s life.

Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based program that promotes early literacy and school readiness. Doctors, nurse practitioners, and other medical professionals incorporate Reach Out and Read's model into regular pediatric well-child visits, by advising parents about the importance of reading aloud and giving developmentally-appropriate books to children. The RTT-ELC funds helped medical practices implement Reach Out and Read, by creating literacy-rich waiting rooms, and purchasing developmentally appropriate children's books.

The goal of the Early Literacy project was to increase participating parents’ knowledge about the importance of daily reading and frequency of reading with their children.

This Activity was completed December 2016.

RTT-ELC Reform Area: Successful State Systems