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Linda Mah’s December 9 column in the Gazette highlighted the Nurse Family Partnership (NFP). This is an intensive home-intervention program that supports young, vulnerable, first time mom’s and their babies from pregnancy through the child’s second birthday. I’m proud to say Kalamazoo Public Library is a stakeholder in this valuable program.

NFP is federally funded but requires a local/MI match, and for months the future of Kalamazoo County’s NFP has been in jeopardy. Thanks to some money released from a reserve held by Kalamazoo County and a grant from the Kellogg Foundation, the NFP is secure for another year. Through the library’s Ready to Read early childhood literacy program, we provide books for the nearly 200 babies and moms served by the NFP. The NFP nurses deliver the books and promote family reading during their frequent home visits. Thanks to the Nurse Family Partnership and its dedicated staff, KPL has found another important way to extend its reach into the community.

We’re glad to have this opportunity to help young mothers get started reading aloud to their children early and often!


Peek-a-Boo, You!

Posted by Mary Doud at 12/22/2009 10:34:26 AM | 

Peek-a-Boo. You! is one of my child's favorites! It's funny that you actually have the picture of that one up.

For all parents out there, I can't stress enough how important it is to expose your child to reading at an early age. It becomes a very good habit.
Posted by: Priscilla Dunstan ( Email | Visit ) at 2/1/2010 10:31 PM

I remember having a collection of books on the shelf including Peek-a-Boo for my first child. I do agree that young mother should read out book to there children at a early age, it becomes more fun and naturally.
Posted by: Charles Griffin ( Email ) at 9/9/2012 2:56 PM

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