|The free "Reading Start Pack", officially released on May 1, 2016 by the Reading Start Program, includes a backpack, two picture books, a reading list with 60 books and a guide book on how to conduct parent-child reading. [Tetimes]|
The Reading Start Program, officially launched on April 23, 2016 and hosted by the federation with social organizations including IREAD Foundation, was the first reading program for young children funded by the government and social foundations across China.
The free "Reading Start Pack", officially released on May 1, 2016 by the project, includes a backpack, two picture books, a reading list with 60 books and a guide book on how to conduct parent-child reading.
It aims to provide professional and scientific guidance for parents on how to share the fun of reading with their children and allow more kids to benefit from early reading.
With great support by the municipal women's federation and the municipal health and family planning commission, parents could get the pack at 20 stands in districts such as Futian, Luohu and Nanshan.
Apart from this, the project also provided parents with systematic and professional reading guidance via the official website, the app and new media outlets.
As of March, some 35,000 citizens had downloaded the "Reading Start" app and the app benefited over 100,000 people.
In addition, the program's organizers developed a series of community reading campaigns and trained professional lecturers to provide assistance to parents.
The program will be implemented for five years and the organizers plans to distribute over 500,000 packs to families with young children aged 0-3 and 3-6, basically covering all communities across the city.
In terms of the next step, the Reading Start Plan will further build community libraries, providing different books to children from various age groups to ease parents' difficulties in book selection.
Following children's development in emotions, language, imaginations, aesthetics and other aspects, librarians will provide proper and high-quality books for parents and develop parent-child reading activities to create a positive reading atmosphere.
The foundation will also invite more professionals in early childhood reading to raise the public's awareness of parent-children reading.
Ma Hong, president of Shenzhen Women's Federation, said age 6 is the key period for children's growth. Officials should promote innovative ideas and methods for parent-child reading and build Shenzhen as a child-friendly city.
(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)