Lee y seras (Read and You Will Be), a Latino early literacy initiative launched by Scholastic, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and the Verizon Foundation, includes parents and communities in the literacy development of their children.
The program is designed to create long-term attitudinal and behavioral change in an effort to close the education achievement gap.
Lee y seras: Ready for School, Ahead for Life emphasizes learning, culture and family, and demonstrates the way that everyday at-home activities such as singing, cooking, and storytelling help young children develop early language skills.
Elements of the initiative include training for parents, childcare and homecare providers; a literacy awareness institute for community decision makers; a CD-ROM toolkit of interactive resources; an audio CD with stories that help parents learn how everyday activities contribute to early literacy development; bilingual picture books; and posters and bookmarks.
The program's Web site, http://www.leeyseras.net, is available in both Spanish and English language versions.
Lee y seras program sites will be implemented in late 2005 and early 2006 by NCLR affiliates in Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Miami and New York.
Source: Scholastic, http://www.scholastic.com/.