LINKS (Literacy Invites and Nurtures Kids’ Success)



3803 B Computer Drive
Suite 204
Raleigh, NC 27609


(919) 781-2088

Through LINKS, early childhood educators receive literacy training. Following the training, each early childhood educator will also receive three to seven individual, on-site mentoring visits. As part of the project, participants will receive a two-volume Story Exploring Curriculum and take home materials for parents as well as a set of curriculum-linked, developmentally appropriate, early childhood books, and a set of supplemental books and/or other literacy materials to enhance literacy in the classroom environment.



Program Trains Child Care Teachers with No-Tear Books that Ensure Happy “Reading” for Little Hands

Recently LINKS program staff worked to improve early literacy practices at a child care center. They began by helping teachers remove inappropriate books that were not sturdy enough for the toddler classroom. Teachers were then trained on how to use music and puppets with a variety of sturdy “indestructible” books to engage children. The program-driven changes had an immediate impact.

The lead teacher said “It’s amazing! The kids love the Motheread books and materials. In addition to story time, they’ll bring a book to show me a picture and have me read or talk about it. Now they’re trying to say the words for what they see in a picture.” Her assistant added, “Do you remember the little girl who cried through story time when you first came to observe me reading (before the LINKS training)? Now she loves listening to stories and happily joins the other children on the floor when we call her.”

Teachers were unfamiliar with the indestructible books and can see the direct benefits of using the Motheread Story Exploring process, books, and curricula in helping children want to listen to, get excited about and remember stories.



Interested in learning more about LINKS for your child care center? Please contact Carolyn Dickens,
President/Executive Director of Motheread or call (919) 781-2088.


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LINKS is funded by Wake County SmartStart and managed by Motheread, Inc., a nationally acclaimed private, non-profit organization that helps adults and children learn to use the power of language to discover more about themselves, their families, and their communities. Motheread has worked with Wake County SmartStart since 1996 to ensure Wake County children, birth to five, are successful in school and in life. They do this by working with childcare teachers to improve the quality of early childhood education and settings, and by working with adults to improve family literacy activities and communication.

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