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B4, Georgia's Early Literacy Initiative

B4 -- Georgia's Early Literacy InitiativeAs part of Georgia's B4 (Birth-to-4) Early Literacy program, youth librarians in the state's pilot libraries will provide a learning environment using one of two programs, PRIME TIME Family Reading Time or Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR), to educate parents and caregivers in the importance of early literacy.

Monitoring and evaluation of the Georgia B4 program will determine the benefits of providing the customized program for parents of very young children. The evaluation will also demonstrate whether PRIME TIME or ECRR works better in Georgia and which should be continued statewide after the pilot program ends.

The evaluation will examine the core curriculum for library staff and a database-driven website to determine if these aspects enhanced the success of the PRIME TIME or ECRR library programs in creating a successful customized program.

1,000 Books B4 Kindergarten

GPLS has partnered with libraries to encourage parents to read 1,000 books with their children before age 5. This program is designed to be a fun and easy way to help your child develop pre-reading skills vital to kindergarten readiness. 

Get started with this online book log.

Book Log

Research shows a striking correlation between pre-reading skills and later academic success reaching into high school and beyond. 

Parents and caregivers are a child’s first and best teacher. By sharing stories at home, you can give your child a valuable gift - a sense of confidence and a love for books and reading that can last a lifetime.  

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B4 is funded in part by a
National Leadership Grant from IMLS.