How Have I Grown

(Rockford, Ill. - 05/28/2014) – This month, over 3,800 pre-k students will receive How Have I Grown? as part of May's book title for Success By 6® Page Turner Reading Program. The book, sponsored by OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center and Rock River Valley Blood Center, is part of United Way's school readiness initiative that helps children birth to age 6 learn, grow, and enter kindergarten ready to succeed.

In How Have I Grown? a little girl describes the ways she has changed from the time she was a baby, a "little kid," and now a big kindergartner. Written by Mary Reid, children can identify with Anna as she tells of crawling and climbing, having spats in nursery school, caring for a pet, and telling stories in kindergarten.

Each month during the school year, pre-k children receive their very own age-appropriate book selected by early childhood specialists. Children begin to build their personal libraries and parents receive tips on ways to engage their young child in learning at home. Teachers also incorporate activities developed around each book title into their classroom curriculum. Books and materials are provided for English- and Spanish-speaking families.

The Page Turner Reading Program, in partnership with City of Rockford Head Start, The Diocese of Rockford, Harlem School District #122, Kreative K, Montessori and Rockford Public Schools District #205, assists pre-school teachers in developing pre-literacy skills essential for kindergarten readiness. Since the majority of brain development occurs between birth and age five, quality early learning and care programs have a profound impact on lifelong success and support cognitive, social and emotional development.

OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center and Rock River Valley Blood Center join a growing number of community sponsors supporting United Way's school readiness initiative such as Rockford United Labor and school sponsors Alpine Bank, John Morrissey Accountants, Inc., Northwestern Illinois Building & Construction Trades Council, Savant Capital Management and UTC Aerospace Systems.


United Way of Rock River Valley

United Way of Rock River Valley advances the common good in Winnebago and Ogle counties, creating opportunities for a better life by focusing on education, income, and health. United Way recruits people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change.