First 5 High Fives
Black Infant Health “Read to Achieve” Literacy Event
On November 13, 2013, the San Diego County Black Infant Health (BIH) program partnered with the San Diego Central Library to host the “Read to Achieve” literacy event. The purpose of the event was to emphasize the importance of reading to children from an early age to promote their healthy development and academic achievement.
Kim Noriega, Family Literacy Coordinator at the San Diego Central Library, was a featured guest demonstrating to parents different techniques to use when reading to their child, and ways to make reading fun and interesting. Parents had the opportunity to participate in a variety of hands-on activities, interacting and reading with their children.
Parents and children were also provided with a tour of the more than 9,000-square foot Children’s Library, gaining insight on the vast resources and services available to children and families. In addition, parents were able to obtain library cards.
A community partner of First 5 San Diego, the BIH program provides services to African-American pregnant and postpartum women with infants up to three months of age. The program works to ensure that African-American babies are born healthy and have the opportunity to grow into healthy children. For more information about the San Diego County BIH program contact (619) 266-7466 or (760)730-5092.