Encouraging Children to Read in 2015

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There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.—Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Every year, the Associates Council (AC) of The Children’s Aid Society identifies an initiative that defines how we use our time, talents, and resources. This year, we’re supporting childhood literacy—a core component of Children’s Aid programming.   

Research shows that children in low-income families have access to fewer reading materials than children of middle- and upper-income families. Studies have also shown that reading to young children helps set them up for a stronger record of academic achievement.

With an understanding of these factors and an opportunity to complement year-round Children’s Aid literacy programs, we’re excited to donate, volunteer, and advocate for this important cause.

Last month, we hosted a successful book fair for 50 children at the Frederick Douglass Community Center and were able to donate hundreds of books to their library. The book fair provided an opportunity for AC members to share their love of reading and favorite books with eager children. Check out some of our members and their thoughts on the books that shaped their childhood on Instagram (@CASACYNYC).

Over the next few months, the Associates Council will be busy prepping for our annual spring fundraiser. We’ve partnered with several Children’s Aid classrooms to host an original short story contest where a winning story will be previewed at the event.

For updates on upcoming volunteer activities and events, follow the Associates Council on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.