Early literacy programs are important to growing readers and helping children be ready for kindergarten. The Ozarks Literacy Council (OLC) strives to make kids’ enthusiasm for reading expand beyond the classroom and into the child’s home.
Lessons for each visit are developed by a certified teacher to meet the developmental needs of students. In OLC’s 2018 survey, 100% of parents reporting re-reading the books to their children and stated that their childs interest in reading had increased.
One way the OLC promotes early literacy is by partnering with Springfield Public Schools. OLC volunteers donate their time 4 times during the school year to visit 39 classrooms. Volunteers read to the students, engage students in literature-based activities, and send children home with a free book and information for parents. Lessons for each visit are developed by a certified teacher to meet the developmental needs of students.