Did you know that during the first five years of a child's life, the brain grows and develops at a rapid rate?
A parent can help nurture their child's brain development with healthy foods, a safe place to live and lots of love and attention. This attention may be shared with a child by reading books, singing songs, and telling stories. Research has shown that proper and continued nurturing can increase a child's IQ by 10 or more points.
Just Read, Florida! is a comprehensive and coordinated reading initiative run by the Florida Department of Education.
Reach Out and Read is a program that builds on the special relationship between doctors and the parents of young children to support children's language and literacy development. At well-child visits, from 6 months to 5 years, doctors and nurses provide information about the importance of reading aloud and give new, developmentally appropriate books to the children to take home. In the waiting room, volunteers read to children, modeling techniques for parents.
The Institute for Healthcare Advancement has information specific to health literacy.