Reading Ferst: The Foundation for Success

January 19, 2011  • Education Innovation Forum and Expo

Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy ensures a rich home literacy environment using a successful targeted approach, enabling children age 0-5 to be ready to read, ready for school, and ready to learn because every child who cannot read is at risk of failing in school. We mail books monthly to the home free of charge addressed to the child, engage parents in providing daily verbal enrichment to ensure their child enters school ready to achieve academic success during the critical period of brain development.

With collaborative partnerships with rural school systems, and our unique Statewide Rotary Club partnerships, we will register at least 80% of children in Georgia’s rural counties – improving performance on kindergarten readiness tests, ensuring that Georgia’s children are ready to read and ready to learn, improving the adult interaction as parents read with their child, improving Georgia’s graduation by ensuring students read at grade level, creating a work force prepared to compete in an international society. Ferst Foundation is eliminating the major reason parents do not read with their preschool children: the lack of quality age-appropriate books in the home.

FFCL will demonstrate the effectiveness and replicability of our model, provide community collaborative partnership development, and promote the importance of reading through local media campaigns and complete a systematic study and evaluation.

FFCL breaks the generational illiteracy chain that exists in low-income families where parents do not have the reading skills, the knowledge, nor the resources to provide engaging, high quality, educational materials to their children.

To learn more, contact James Locklin.