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00000179-f232-de1b-a9f9-f2fa97a20003Investments in high-quality early childhood care, education, and support programs do more than help children – they also strengthen our workforce and economy. How are communities in West and Southwest Michigan approaching prevention and early intervention in these systems of care? How do the programs benefit children, families, care and education providers, businesses, and taxpayers? Where are the gaps, and how do we fill them? Come along as we take a closer look.

By Leaps & Bounds: Today’s READers Become Tomorrow’s Leaders

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All parents want to give their children a strong start in life and it is never too early to begin reading! Stories expose children to words and ideas that they might not otherwise experience. Not only does reading enhance children’s vocabulary, books also teach children to use their imaginations and spark creativity.


What they learn about people, places, and things can be important building blocks to later life success by helping them to develop empathy and build understanding about the world around them. Books can be a great form of entertainment with silly voices and engaging stories or information that create a love of learning. For both parents and children, times together with books form fond and lasting memories. The more we read with young children, the more prepared they become to enjoy reading and to do well in school.


Anjie Gleisner, Manager of the Wyoming and Kelloggsville Branches, Kent District Library; and Nicole Burman, Parent Representative from the Great Start Parent Coalition of Kent County are here to discuss. For more information, visit: www.successstartsearly.org, www.greatstartkent.org, and www.kdl.org.

Shelley Irwin is the host and producer for The WGVU Morning Show, a newsmagazine talk-show format on the local NPR affiliate Monday through Friday. The show, broadcast from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. features a wide variety of local and national newsmakers, plus special features.
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