Nonprofit provides literacy support for kids

BY AMY ELLIOTT DURHAM
PUBLISHED 6:15 AM ET FEB. 14, 2022

DURHAM, N.C. — A nonprofit based in the Bull City continues to provide literacy support to families with young children.

“Book Babies,” a program of Book Harvest, provides free books and literacy coaching from birth until a child enters kindergarten.

What You Need To Know:
– Literacy coaches make home visits and bring free books to children through a program called “Book Babies”
-To participate, the child must be younger than 15 weeks to apply and Medicaid eligible
-The program lasts until the child enters kindergarten

The Ellington family says the program has helped their 3-year-old son Jason form a love for reading.

“It was a lot of hands-on, experience-based advice that I received just on being a mother and also with things I could do to help him in many different ways,” said Jason’s mom, Chanelle Ellington. “They really have helped guide us on how to read with him so we kind of follow the guidelines of at least 15 minutes a day.”

If your child is younger than 15 weeks, eligible for Medicaid and lives in Durham County, you can apply for the Book Babies program online.

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