Since 2003 when the National Book Foundation started National Book Month, this holiday is celebrated each year in October as a way to highlight the importance of reading, writing, and literature. Research shows that reading provides a variety of health benefits like reducing stress, enhancing empathy, and boosting creativity while improving language skills and knowledge of the world. It even has been shown to add years to your life. With this in mind, take a look at some remarkable Atlanta nonprofits that support this holiday every day of the year!
Through free language & literacy courses, the Cox Campus helps teachers transform learning environments, so every child is on a path to reading proficiently. Read Right from the Start on the Cox Campus provides free, on-line access to research-based professional development courses and resources for teachers and others in the critical path of children and families. Watch this video Brownieland produced in partnership with Cox Campus to learn more.
Children Read is designed to improve children’s reading skills by giving them books of their own before they reach kindergarten. To do this, Children Read collects and repairs used and new books and then distributes them to children free of charge. Find out more about Children Read and how this Atlanta-based nonprofit provides books for pre-kindergarten children attending Head Start and other programs for low-income families HERE.
Easterseals North Georgia
Easterseals North Georgia strengthens children and families at the most critical times in a child’s development. This nonprofit organization provides early education and intervention services to nearly 4,000 children from birth to age five living in metro Atlanta and North Georgia who are disadvantaged or disabled. Easterseals North Georgia also provides services to families, helping them become better educated, more self-sufficient, and even stronger support for their child, no matter their income or ability. Find out more about Easterseals of North Georgia and their programs HERE.
Everybody Wins! Atlanta
The mission of Everybody Wins! Atlanta is to improve children’s literacy and develop the skills of students in low-income elementary schools through shared reading experiences. Everybody Wins! Atlanta offers a Power Lunch literacy program where mentors donate a half-hour to read aloud to the student during their lunch period. This is a simple way to see the immediate impact of service and positively impact the future of a child in need. Find out more about Everybody Wins! Atlanta and how this organization impacts the literacy gap in Georgia HERE.
The mission of Ferst Readers is to strengthen communities by providing quality books and literacy resources for children and their families to use at home during the earliest stages of development. Ferst Readers was founded in 1999 to address the growing problem of children, many from low-income communities, entering kindergarten without basic early literacy skills and school readiness, a preventable problem that has far-reaching impacts throughout students’ lives. Discover this incredible nonprofit in our Brownieland blog post and learn more HERE.
Get Georgia Reading
Get Georgia Reading is a collaboration of more than 100 public and private partners that are finding new ways of working together across Georgia to increase reading proficiency by supporting the growth, development, and learning of children from birth through third grade. The Get Georgia Reading Campaign is designed to nurture and facilitate collaboration so that, together, we create the conditions necessary for every child in Georgia to be on a path to reading proficiently by the end of third grade. Find out more about Get Georgia Reading HERE.
The mission of Literacy Action, Inc. (LAI) is to provide high quality, sustainable literacy programs that break the cycle of intergenerational low-literacy, empower students to reach their highest potential, and propel them to self-sufficiency. Founded in a church basement, LAI is now the oldest, largest, and leading adult basic education nonprofit in the Southeastern United States. LAI provides free classes to adults who want to learn to read, write, and improve their basic skills so they can build better lives for themselves and their families. Watch this video we produced in partnership with Literacy Action to learn more about this remarkable Atlanta nonprofit organization.
Pajama Program promotes and supports a comforting bedtime routine to help all children thrive by providing cozy pajamas, inspiring storybooks, and critical resources for caregivers. Founded in 2001, the Pajama Program has provided more than 6.5 million new pajamas and books to children across the United States. Pajama Program works with more than 4,000 Community Partners, including shelters, group homes, Title 1 schools, foster care and social service organizations, Head Start programs, and other organizations that support at-risk youth. Find out more about this incredible program HERE.
Reach Out and Read Georgia
Reach Out and Read Georgia is a nonprofit organization that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. A core tenet of Reach Out and Read is that all families should have the tools and information they need to make reading aloud a daily routine. Reach Out and Read has been serving children and families in Georgia since its 1994 launch at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding by Dr. Terri McFadden. Learn more about this remarkable Atlanta organization HERE.
Rollins Center for Language and Literacy
The Rollins Center for Language & Literacy is a professional development program that partners with over 100 public and private organizations to bring the Atlanta Speech School’s language and literacy expertise to teachers across the nation. Rollins’ instructors work with educators, healthcare agencies, families, and child-facing professionals to further literacy through coaching, professional learning, and on-line learning. Through this work, Rollins is building ecosystems that are conducive to literacy – where connection is valued over compliance, children feel safe and supported, deep reading is enabled – and the possibilities for every child’s future are opened through literacy. Find out more about the Rollins Center for Language and Literacy HERE.
Talk With Me Baby
Talk With Me Baby (TWMB) is a collaboration of six leadership organizations, all working to bring the concept of language nutrition into public awareness and educate caregivers on the importance of talking with their baby every day in an effort to close the word gap. TWMB is accessible on Cox Campus, developed by the Atlanta Speech School – a state-of-the-art on-line learning platform backed up with real-world classroom videos, on-line coaching, message boards, and other interactive features. Watch this video we produced in partnership with the Atlanta Speech School on Cox Campus for the TWMB Initiative.