2017 will bring a new opportunity to invest in innovation designed to reduce parent-child barriers in early education. More specifically, Reach Out and Read Colorado will unveil The New Parent Empowerment Initiative to focus on reaching first-time parents or parents who are new to the program, in order to maximize the benefits of early literacy messages delivered by the provider in the exam room.
The New Parent Empowerment Initiative is a pilot program with three main components: 1. Utilizing a home visitation network to implement our early childhood literacy model; 2. Emphasis on first-time parents, an audience that is especially in need of expert instruction on child care and development; and 3. A focus on prenatal intervention, where anticipatory guidance is provided in advance of birth to pregnant mothers to best prepare them for immediate early childhood brain building from day one.
The new initiative is inspired by a desire from Reach Out and Read national leadership to start the delivery of the program earlier, prescribing reading to children from birth through five years. Reach Out and Read Colorado plans to roll out the pilot program in early 2017. Stay tuned for more information.