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Council is partnering with the State Library of Queensland and the Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre to host a free information session for parents of children under the age of 5 to raise awareness of the First 5 Forever family literacy program.
Acting Chief Executive Officer Barry Omundson said that the program aims to educate parents and primary caregivers about the importance of reading to their children in early childhood.
“Recent statistics show that a large portion of parents and caregivers do not regularly read to their children and we’d like to help change that through the First 5 Forever program,” Mr Omundson said.
“The program aims to help create stronger language and literacy environments for families with young children and our libraries are well placed to provide additional resources and targeted programs and services,” he said.
“Our regional libraries already provide a range of exciting free services to the community including the popular Story Time sessions, so I encourage young families in the region to get involved and come along to the free information session.”
The First 5 Forever information session will be held on Monday, 14 March at the Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre. Story Time will commence at 9.00am and will be followed by an information session for parents and caregivers.
Morning tea will be provided and all attendees will receive a free take home tool kit.
For further information about the First 5 Forever literacy program or to book your place at the information session, please contact the Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre on (07) 4946 7850 or via email at email@example.com.
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