Congratulations! Reading has DoUBleD!

The percent of parents at Adams County Health Department reading five or more days a week has doubled since 2013. Congratulations parents. Thank you volunteers and nurses who teach families about brain-building and gift a new book to each child. And thank you to our supporters who make the books possible, including Gardner Foundation, Tracy Family Foundation, Kiwanis, Penny Power, and Community Foundation

Shout out to United Way for STEM books

Thank you Adams County United Way for the grant to buy STEM books for toddlers and preschoolers at Adams County Health Department. STEM books are counting books, shape books, and sorting and classifying books. If children enter school with strong number sense you have actually built a math brain that will help them all the way through school. So if you know how to count while you point in a book, label shapes, or sort items you can build your child’s math brain. You can do it! Thank you United Way for all you support, the grant dollars, and believing in the brain-building power of parents.

Thank you J. W. Gardner Foundation

Thank you J. W. Gardner Foundation for the grant to support our efforts in Adams County. What a wonderful start to 2020! Children at Adams County Health Department will get brand new wonderful board books as their parents learn they can build brains in the early years. The percent of families reading five or more days a week has doubled. We are so very grateful you have helped us sustain the progress into 2020.

Thank You Community Foundation

We are so thankful for the grant from Community Foundation to buy books for little ones in Adams, Pike, McDonough, and Hancock Counties. The books go to babies in the WIC programs along with encouragement and support from nurses and volunteers. Does it matter? YES! The percent of parents reading five or more days a week has doubled. Way to go!

Thank You Quincy Noon Kiwanis

We are so grateful to Noon Kiwanis for helping us buy books for children at Adams County Health Department. Parent at the WIC department have increased their reading frequency because they have beautiful board books for their toddlers.

Thank you Breakfast Kiwanis

Thank you so very much to the Quincy Gem City Breakfast Kiwanis Club for the grant dollars to buy beautiful new board books for babies and toddlers in the WIC program at Adams County Health Department. Our wonderful volunteers meet with parents and read with children. Each parent gets to choose a book to take home to read and build brains at home. These awesome parents are now reading 5 days a week and enjoying the lovely new books. Thank you Kiwanis Club. You do so much for the local children.


Thank you Jacksonville Rotary

Rotary Club learned about Ready. Set. Grow! from Debbie Niederhauser. Thank you Jacksonvill Rotary for donating funds to buy books for children at Morgan County Health Department. We love your support and enthusiasm.


Childbirth class brain-builders

Did you know that all new parents in childbirth classes at Blessing and at Passavant learn about serve-and-return interaction starting from birth? They also receive a “Let’s Talk!” Onesie to remind them to talk back and forth to Baby. When they deliver the baby in the hospital they will hear from their nurse about serve-and- return and receive a “Let’s Talk!” Wipe box.

Brain-Building from birth! Way to go new parents.

Thank you Community Foundation

We received a grant today to help provide books to families at the Adams, Brown, Hancock,

and Pike health departments. Thank you. Thank you.

Putting books in the hands of families of young children is so different from just saying “read.”