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Just 4 percent of Rochester’s African-American and Latino 3rd graders are reading at grade level.

It is critical that Rochester face and address this challenge on every front possible. Increasing literacy is the key to creating better educational opportunities for city residents, more jobs and safer, more vibrant neighborhoods.  

It's never to early too start reading.

Books Before Birth and Books at Birth encourages new parents to read to their children with a simple message - it's never too early to start reading.

Books and bookmarks are distributed by the Healthy Baby Network and handed out during prenatal and postnatal office visits.

Formerly the Perinatal Network of Monroe County, the Healthy Baby Network provides community leadership to achieve optimal health for babies and mothers.

Books Before Birth and Books at Birth is sponsored by MVP Health Care.

As part of the Mayor’s literacy initiative in partnership with the Delta Sigma Sigma Theta Sorority, ABC Head Start and generous funding from MVP Health Care, we distributed more than 300 books and calendars to the children at the Hart Street Head Start Center on December 21, 2016.  We wanted to give the students a gift, the gift of reading, that would last a lifetime. Below is a photo gallery of the event.