Sometimes early intervention literacy programs can be as beneficial for the parents as it can for their children. This was certainly the case for Jade and her mom Taquoia.
Jade was one of the first kids to enroll in Book Harvest’s Book Babies program when it launched in 2013 with the promise of supporting children ages 0 to 5 on their journey to school readiness. Through the program, Jade’s mom learned more about the importance of literacy and brain development than she ever thought possible. It spurred her into action.
Book Harvest – which is funded by United Way of the Greater Triangle – does more than just provide literacy programs for young children. They also connect parents to the tools and programs needed to best advocate for their child’s educational needs. The organization introduced Taquoia to Parent & Family Advocacy and Support Training (PFAST) offered by the Durham County Cooperative Extension, where she learned how to become an advocate for her child in the public school system.
She took that job seriously when her daughter began kindergarten at W.G. Pearson Elementary and didn’t just join the PTA, she also started a summer break program for Jade and her friends that focused on combatting learning loss by offering educational activities on Saturdays four times during the summer.
Book Harvest supported Taquoia’s efforts in full, helping to supply materials and books for the girls to select during their meetings.
“I learned a lot from Jade’s experience with Book Harvest and I wanted to give back the support we received from Book Harvest so that other kids could benefit,” she explained.
Thanks to a two-year grant provided by United Way of the Greater Triangle, Book Harvest is committed to ensuring that 142 more students are reading proficiently by the end of third grade, providing 90,685 books to children in Durham County, and so much more.
To learn more, visit www.unitedwaytriangle.org.