On Wednesday 28 June 2017 we launched the United We Read program in partnership with Uniting Care Wesley Communities for Children and Parks Community Centre.
The program aims to improve pre-literacy skills of children from 0 to 5 years old in disadvantaged communities by giving them the pre-literacy skills necessary to start school ready to read, learn and succeed. 60 families that have a child under three have been selected to participate in the two year trial, with each child is registered to receive a book in the post each month
City of PAE Councillor Claire Boan, who also works as a primary teacher at Alberton Primary School, welcomed families into the program and wished them every success, before South Australian author, Katrina Germein read a few of her books out loud.
Katrina's book Great Goal! Marvellous Mark! is cleverly told as an alphabet story based around Aussie Rules Football. The diverse characters in the story proves that, inclusive of gender and culture, Australia’s most iconic sport is for everyone.
At the launch, the children received their first book, Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox, and a welcome pack.
Mayor, Gary Johanson said, “At the City of Port Adelaide Enfield, we recognize that being ready for school is vital to a child’s success. I know from my own experience that reading aloud to your children is a lovely time for parents or carers and their children to be together.
“I am proud to be working with United Way and Communities For Children, so we can support the development of children in our community: after all, our future relies on them.”
Children living in the suburbs around the Parks Children’s Centre and Woodville Gardens have been selected for the program, which builds on the Paint the Parks and Gardens Read programs currently running in this area. Children are identified and registered for the program via connections with the local Children’s Centre, Early Learning Centre, Kalaya Children’s Centre, playgroup and young parents group.
United We Read program provides the resources, opportunities and support to parents and carers of children to enable them to be effective as their child’s first educator. The program will be tracked and evaluated regularly to measure the impact on the participating children’s literacy and readiness for school.