“Reaching out to Read” receives significant grant
(Fredericton) December 16, 2015 - Horizon Health Network was awarded a 2016 Community Impact Grant for $15,000 from the Fredericton Community Foundation. These funds will help provide high-quality children's books to first time mothers of infants participating in Public Health's Healthy Families, Healthy Babies (HFHB) program in Fredericton, through an initiative called "Reaching out to Read".
The HFHB program is designed to enhance factors and conditions known to foster infant healthy growth and development. The "Reaching out to Read" program is one component of the HFHB program, which supports and encourages families to read and nurtures infant-toddler language development through age-appropriate books. As New Brunswick continues to fall below the national average in literacy rates, programs such as this are a valuable tool for equipping young children with the skills necessary for school.
The Impact Grant will have a significant positive effect on families in our community. The generosity from the Fredericton Community Foundation will help the program supply a total of eight books (one prenatally, one at 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 21 and 24 months) to families in the program. With each book delivery, a nurse mentors parents on how to read to their infants based on their child's age of development.
The Chalmers Regional Hospital Foundation received the grant on behalf of Horizon's Healthy Families Healthy Babies program.
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