Help purchase children's books for the 2-4-2 Program
Something incredible happens when a parent reads to a child. But for parents who are separated from their children, whether it is due to divorce, foster-care situations, immigration issues, or from military deployment and other job-related instances, reading to their children every day can seem almost impossible.
Clinicians at Adelphi’s Institute of Parenting are using the 2-4-2 Book Program with some of these families to promote healthy parent-child relationships. The program provides two copies of a children’s book—one for the parent and one for a caretaker/guardian. Through daily phone calls, the child hears the parent reading the book while the caretaker holds the child, turns the book's pages, points to pictures and narrates the child’s responses to the parent.
Your gift today will purchase children's books for the 2-4-2 program. It's a simple gesture that will give a child the priceless benefits of reading:
- Picture Recognition: Even very young babies are able to focus and pay attention to pictures in books. Reading leads to understanding language.
- Ready for school: Babies who are read to from the beginning of life are better prepared for school. A child’s ability to absorb language peaks at age 8 months, remains very high until 3 years, and sharply declines at age 8 years.
- Speech development: Babies take in the information and start learning about speech patterns. Brain synapses connect between your baby’s neurons when you read out loud.
- Repetition: Helps build memory, vocabulary, connecting and recital.
- Stimulation: Hearing your voice engages your baby’s interest in sounds and listening skills and keeps your baby’s senses connected to you (voice, tone, physical touch, calm activity).
- Narrative Understanding: Helps your baby string meaningful ideas together and enhances imagination.
- Communication: Print, word grouping, left to right, spoken words, and gestures are how we communicate. Use character voices.
- Socio-emotional development: Reading creates a nurturing environment where trust, safety, problem-solving, and self-confidence are developed. Books also connect your baby to other cultures.
- Motor development: Turning pages in any form, tracing words and shapes, symbols, feeling textures, chewing, coordination, focus on pages and pictures support development of fine and gross motor skills.
Thank you for helping the Institute for Parenting fulfill its mission to ensure the mental health and well-being of young children and developing families by strengthening the capacity of parents and others.