Contact Us Take The Pledge      
Transforming a Generation: 90% Literacy by Third Grade
Join the others who have taken the pledge:
Arianna Lagges, Vero Beach Police Department, Edward Shanaphy, Tina Campbell, Hollie McDougall, allene moorehead, Amanda Emanuel, Mindy Lessem Pollack, Bridgette Diskin, Amy Speak, -1' 1, Dasie Hope Center, Socorro Luna, Karen Taylor, Shawna Carton, Katrena McMahan, Agnieszka Szymanska, kayla poindexter, Marie OBrien, Susan Del Tufo, Gisele Parker, Kim Klaus, Sherry White, Samantha Breen, Donna Hedgecock, mary kannapes, Mark Farrell, Patrick Toole, Tessa House, Kimberly Robideau, Fidelity Investments, Angel Maldonado, buzz wurzer, Kathleen Hamilton, yaquelin andrade, Heather Thompson, Deirdre Creech, Elizabeth Tetreault, Christina Lindgren, Emily Jarrett, Mike Gaudio, Tammy Eriksen, Cathy Durrett-Filusch, Bruce Green, janice pagan, Christy Baer, sharon butler, Brooke Flood, belinda washimgton-davis, Susan Del Tufo, Dorothy Cominsky, sharon richards, Teri Barenborg, Kerilyn Ngom, Indian River County Chamber of, Mark yBzNyaFpSKdSM, Bill McMullen, Achillies Pace, Tabitha Johnston, Kay Yurigan, Christine Sturgeon, Kristi Challenor, Carla Cundiff, GEORGE JETT, Tara Luton , Mari Seg, Heidi Lourie, Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County, Gloria Severino, Mary Laquidara, Rose Brickles, STEPHANIE CLARK, Debra Barnesd, Melinda Judson, Kathy Minix, Patricia Beaudoin, Lesley Lane, maria miranda, Jessica Cox, Kerilyn Ngom, Ramon Echeverria, Michael Van Houten, Shariea Shoatz, 1 -1', Christina Lindgren, Guillermina Walker, AmeriCorps/Big Brothers Big Sister, Susan Rosier, TLA, Pamela Prange, Robyn Bethel, Janai Cooper, Kelli Mejia, Clare Hughes, Sharon Klein, Lisa Guillette, Sonja Phillips, Becky Levesque, Mary Ann Kalin, Devi Maharajh, Michele Smith, Kaori Fischer, jorge luis ramirez, Lisa Segroves, valerie conway, Teri Dugan, Kathryn Woodall, Michelle Bass, Phoebe Beacham, Fellsmere Police Department FPD, Shanti Sanchez, liz woody, Karen Newkirk, Heather Helton, Donna Hedgecock, Lenora Ritchie, Tiffany Justice, Marisela Luna, Clare Hughes, Jeanne Prince, Christina Hayes, Cheryl Gondek, FELLSMERE ELEMENTARY, Laurie Pedersen, Teri Dugan, cheryl gondek, Tami Haffield, Kristen Jones, Tara Miranda, matt KdPIOvmNNItBy, Vero Beach Museum of Art, Liz Tetreault, Michele Sternberg, Janie Graves Hoover, Nancy Blessing, uritayay, Vero Equine Riding Academy , Crystal Gothe, Jennifer Roberts, Elizabeth Pinkney, Amy Kelly, Annie Brown, mardy hall, Maureen Nicolace, Mary Graves, Jody Houston, Sue Sharpe, Jennifer Steele, judy jones, -1' 1, Ramon Echeverria, 1 -1', Diane Donar, Ronda Weaver, Tricia Boyle, Stacey Klim, Emily Wick, Helene Caseltine, ISABELLA LAGGES, Growing Healthy Kids, Inc., Courtney Mellin, Sherrie Hale, Mary Strickler, Rhonda McGilberry, Dr. Connie Proskovec, Susan Aguirre , Mary Anne Sitkowski, Kaori Fischer, Kelli Mejia, Nicolas ospina de la hoz, Amanda Acker, audrey colonna, Hope Woodhouse , Juelie Perry, JIM BATORY, Heather Quigley, LaTanya Morgan, ruth darrigo, 211/Help Me Grow, Gretchen DiVincenzo, 1 1, Rhonda McGilberry, Angela Bosman, Arlene Kahn, Nancy Blessing, Erica Thomas, parker hammond, Carrie Spencer, Andrea Cosner, Ralph Autullo, Margaret Dawson-Brown, Sharon Klein, Annie Brown, Dorie Shemo, Diane Mahan, Mary Kramek, Milli Wenzel, Vero Beach Museum of Art, Lilibeth Ballina, Tanya BRAUN, Renee Boesch, audrey colonna, maria marron, Karen Malits, jennifer jackson, Melissa Hall, Renee Lincoln, Karen Newkirk, Sara Goodman, Joy Lukomski, Erin Hollander, Liane McMullen, Tirso Moreno, Theresa Wagner, Amanda Stevens, Kristina Trahan, Brenda Zamora, Jenna Chatfield, Lisa Wheeler, Adam Faust, JIM BATORY, Angel Maldonado, Indian River County Lawyers Auxiliary, Isabel Marron , Megan Falcone, FRAN PERKINS, Brittany Bailey, Fenia Hiaasen, Lisa Bishop, Barneyxcq yWxcSpFGWvTabbVDxz, Kelley Williams, Becky Allen, Stacey Fletcher, Alaina McCloud, Suzi Rusin, Ann Mathis, sabrina fraga, F.A.C.T. Fellsmere Action Community Team, Beth Livers, Nancy De La Hoz, Patricia Mandell, Toni Reukauf, Andrea Cosner, ann prince, kari broomell, Tracey Barker, Keondra Eberhardt, Diane Bressner, Fourth Quadrant Partners, Kayla Chitty, LaTanya Morgan, Therese Victoria, shelby dorris, Nate & Kristen Bruckner, Mardy Fish Children's Foundation, Kim Klaus, Heidi Lourie, Rebecca Turner, Christy Baer , hannah kaufeh, Autumn Wheeler, Kidz Closet Charities, East Coast Earthworks & Excavating, Michelle Chandler, Susan Rosier, Bobbie Donelson, Sharon Delo, John obrien, Kelly Palmer, Linda Hammerle, Paige Newinski, Marsha Van Arman, Katherine Wolf, Leslie Connelly, Nancy Sparkman, Sterling Bobbitt , Megan Falcone, Doug Glenn, DOE-OEL, Celeste McWilliams, Lorri Dior, Sandy Hamrick, Thomas Moore, Susan Del Tufo, Debra Schroeder, Rachel Holpfer, Isabel Marron , Gloria Luna, Gina Sultaire, Natalie Arbuckle, Lori Nalls, test test, The Buggy Bunch, Page Woodward, Ramon Echeverria, Hayley Gondek, Di Pugh, jennifer roker, Janet Alford, Christine Ryall, Kim Brady, Angela Jawhar, Helene Caseltine, renee fraker, Jamie Stalter, Yasmin Medina, LaTanya Gibson, SHARYN A HAWKER, Nancy De La Hoz, Sophie Wood, Dee Hollenbeck, Raquel Searcy, Ralph Sunshine Acquisitions, keesha trusty, briana carter, Jeff Miller, Dean Stewart Photography, Maria Alvarez, Susan Rosier, mardy hall, Gifford Youth Activity Center, shelby dorris, Leslie Jones, Ana Renuart, Dr. David Christiansen, yaquelin andrade, Tisa Blidgen, Taylor Walker, charlene bentien, Jennifer Durrett, Randall Hunt, Heather Thompson, Bent Pine Golf Club, Traci McGough, Sandra Daniel, Karen Disney, Kristin Culbreth, Laura McGill, Margaret Autullo, Lillian Marsiglia, 1 1, Marta Cronin, Kirra OBrien, Cynthia Jorgensen, kelly baysura, Susan Del Tufo, Literacy Services, jacki decaro, Farrah Lemanski, Heather Young, Kelly Palmer, GoldenTabs VlNDAmqBXuOUgPSzn, Vero Beach Magazine, carrie fernandez, Sharon Klein, hannah kauferh, Louis and Sara Smith, Pamela Miller, Emme Scheible, elizabeth bahl, Elaine McGinty, Lisa McFaland, joshua poindexter, Whole Child Indian River, Tessa Stanley, Lucy Roy-Delapaz, Linda Condit, Kenny Carmichael, Matthew McManus, Elizabeth Stenger, Melody M Englert, Elias Medina, United Way of Indian River Co., Harvest Food & Outreach Center, Barbara Johnson, donna palmquist, Kevin Maloney, Jill Truax, Brittany Lindsey, Fidelity Investments, Lydia Galbraith, JOY VANHORN, Maria Ortiz, Christopher Cummings, Ashley Farruggio, Kathryn Perez, Carolina Rojas, Emilia Jacobs, tommy collettit, Amber Petry, VBKA, Tiffany Carlsen, Cathryn Miquelon, Becky Warren, Matt McManus, Deborah Dillon, Alejandrina Micket, Nicole Piontek, Wendi Adams, Judy Whalen, Cindi Ellis, Elizabeth Falkiewicz, Dorie Shemo, Milli Wenzel, Katie Collier, Laura Zorc, Jayne Becker, Nichole Harris, Shannon Gillen, Rebecca Blair, Jeff The Bro, Krishna Patel, Annie Brown, Kathleen Nealy, Narda Pitkethly, Patricia Mandell, Casey Dunn, Indian River Taekwondo Langlois, tommy collettit, Chuck Evans, ggdxfg fdgfh, Elizabeth Pinkney, Keith Touchberry, Lisa Barnum, MAry Grace Hektner, Kelly Sartain, Gabrielle Wagner, Healthy Families, Janet Farmer, Lisa Guilmette, Jennifer Croom, Carol David, Nancy Prizito, Jennifer Seifstein,

Helpful Links and Resources

Early Learning / Ready for Kingergarten

Children begin learning from the moment they are born. Research has found that providing infants, toddlers, and young children with consistent, language-rich experiences –talking, reading, and singing – greatly benefits their brain development and school readiness.  That’s why, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education, in partnership with Too Small to Fail, are providing these critical resources to families, caregivers, and early learning providers. (Visit toosmall.org for the original files.)

·        Tip sheets for familiespreschool teachersinfant/toddler teachers, and other caregivers;

·        A developmental milestone chart to track a child’s development from birth through age 5; and

·        A fact sheet that highlights the evidence behind the benefits of being bilingual and embracing a child’s home language.

 

Talking matters, and, no matter what language you speak – the more words the better. To make these resources as accessible and inclusive as possible, all tip sheets are available in English and Spanish, and can be downloaded for free.

  

Tips for Families - Click to Download Tips for Pre-K Teachers- Click to Download Tips for Toddler Teachers- Click to Download
 

 
 
Milestone Chart - Click to Download Benefits of Being Bilingual- Click to Download

 

The following video(s) offer an easy way to understand the literacy crisis resulting from stunted brain development that results from toxic stress in early childhood development.