Launch Into Learning
An early learning and school readiness campaign
Launch Into Learning is a campaign supported by the Howard County Early Childhood Advisory Council (HCECAC). The goal of HCECAC is to highlight the importance of the early years, for parents and families in particular, but also for early care and education professionals, and other community stakeholders.
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Talk With Me
Your baby’s brain grows with every interaction you have together.
From the earliest moments when you repeat your baby’s sounds back to her or tell him how much he is loved, your baby is making important connections. Children who have parents talking with them are put on a path towards better development.
We know that babies communicate for a reason. We know that responding to your baby’s cries, needs, and preferences in a positive way teaches your baby to communicate. We also know that having a rich interactive relationship with your child lays a foundation for good mental health. Whether you speak in English, or in your heritage language, or in a combination of languages, all languages help your child to develop.
As you change your tone of voice and adjust your touch to soothe, stimulate, and hold your baby’s attention, you begin a conversation that prepares your baby for lifelong learning.
Read With Me • Howard County
The Howard County Public School System, the Bright Minds Foundation and the Howard County Early Childhood Advisory Council (HCECAC) welcome Read With Me • Howard County – an affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. This program launched in 2018 and provides a book per month to families of young children from birth to age 5.
“As educators, we know that the achievement gap begins at birth,” said HCPSS Superintendent Michael J. Martirano. “In collaboration with Bright Minds and our county partners, Read With Me • Howard County is another support that we are able to provide to families, so students are prepared to thrive upon entering kindergarten.”
“We are thrilled to be the local champion of Read With Me • Howard County because we understand it is the responsibility of the entire community to support the academic achievement of our children,” said Bright Minds Foundation Executive Director Liz Crammond. “Read With Me is a wonderful opportunity for our educational foundation to further align with the school system’s efforts in promoting school readiness.”
Read With Me is part of Launch Into Learning, an early learning initiative supported by HCECAC. Launch Into Learning also comprises the Talk With Me and ReadyRosie initiatives.
Read With Me • Howard County has expanded countywide. Bright Minds Foundation works closely with local community partners and donors to actively fundraise to meet the needs of the community.