with Ferst Readers
Reformation Stands with Ferst Readers this February to raise funds and awareness for the Cherokee County chapter and their efforts to support early childhood literacy. Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy is a public 501 (c) 3 nonprofit with the mission to provide books for local communities to prepare children, beginning at birth, for reading and learning success.
“The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school.”
By providing monthly quality books and parent resources that fosters a language-rich environment in the home, Ferst Foundation’s ultimate goal is to afford the best chance to every child to succeed in school, and in life.
How does the program work?
Inspired by a community program she read about in the local newspaper in 1999, Robin Ferst established the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy (FFCL) with the idea of instilling a lifetime love of reading for preschool children and helping develop the skills necessary for early learning success.
Since 1999, FFCL has mailed over FIVE MILLION books to preschool children, birth to five. The books are mailed on a monthly basis free of charge to each registered child who lives in a participating community.
“Our Read To Me Library books are selected annually by a panel of experts in the field of early child development/education and are evaluated according to strict guidelines for maximum developmental impact. This literacy support initiative includes a monthly newsletter that provides parents with information and ideas to support early learning at home and encourages them to read frequently with their children. It features tailored reading guides and child activity pages, all specially designed to make reading fun for the whole family!”