Partnership with Rock County Human Services Bags are delivered to Rock County families during the initial visit by a Rock County Human Services caseworker. Caseworkers go through the Caregiver Visit Checklist sharing the importance of reading, taking and playing with their children and the impact these activities have on brain and language development. Caseworkers also model how to read with child(ren).
Each Bookbag costs $20.00 to assemble and contains the following items:
Read, Talk, Play Kits will be distributed by both Mercy and SSM Health in Janesville to all mothers giving birth at their facilities (approx 1,500 births per year). Nursers/Volunteers will share information with parents regarding the importance language plays in brain development, especially during the first three years of life. These early literacy kits contain teaching points, books, and tools to guide parents in reading, talking and playing with their child in order to promote healthy brain development right from the start.
The Janesville Early Literacy Task Force has partnered with Mercy and SSM Health to provide a brain bag to every infant that is born at their Janesville facilities. Each family will receive a free bag along with an education session sharing information regarding early brain development and the importance of reading, talking and playing with their baby every day.