BRG’s ‘Books for Babies’ program aiming to improve literacy in Louisiana

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Reading is fundamental!

Two local institutions are taking that approach and working to help with literacy in the state. 

The Episcopal School of Baton Rouge is teaming up with Baton Rouge General on the “Books for Babies” program.

BRG said the program gives new families at BRG’s Birth Center a set of books to start their home library.

Did you know that according to the National Bureau of Economic Research, one in six adults have less-than-basic literacy in the United States?

The bad news is that adult literacy is down, but the good news is more parents are taking the time to read to their kids, according to Baton Rouge General. 

“Studies show that just over half of children ages 3 to 5 are read to daily by a family member,” said Cory Lemoine, a first grade teacher at Episcopal. “Many parents don’t read to their children because there is little to no access to books in their homes, and we need to intervene to create literacy-rich families.”

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