Early Learning Partnership of York County By Mary E. McKemy, Ph.D. “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents,” contends Emilie Buchwald, editor, poet, teacher, and award-winning children’s author. And that could be the motto at the Early Learning Partnership of York County, a non-profit organization that covers Clover, York, Fort Mill, and Rock Hill and promotes early literacy so that children enter school prepared to learn. In reality, their motto is Read, Bond, Grow, indicating the importance of reading and bonding on the growth of the brain during the early, formative years. Starting strong when they’re young helps prevent problems in literacy later. According to Teresa Creech, Dr. Edwards shows Nora a new book Executive Director or ELP, “Economists’ data about providing quality early education shows us that for each $1 invested, the rate of return is nearly $8. This clearly shows the benefits of the investment in our communities and most importantly in our children.” This initiative began twenty years ago upon recognizing that South Carolina ranked 48th in child wellness and that children were entering school unprepared to learn. What began as a United Way project entitled Success by 6, has grown to include a free medical clinic for uninsured children. Three years ago, the free health clinic was turned over to Affinity Health Center so that ELP could focus solely on early literacy. In the 2015-2016 year, ELP served 6700 children (600 in Born to Read, 200 in Wee Read, 4600 in Reach Out and Read, and 1300 in I Think I Can … Read!)
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