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Parent and Caregiver Resources

As a parent, the best gift you can give to your child is the gift of reading.  Kansas City has a number of great resources available to you to help select appropriate books, develop strong cognitive and language skills for your child, and connect to local resources for additional support. 

The following resources were provided by the National Reach Out and Read Center:
  • Milestones of Early Literacy Development - Download a copy of the

English Version or the Spanish Version

Local Kansas City Resources

Resources for Medical Providers

Medical Provider Resources

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, promotion of optimal early brain and child development is essential for the health and well-being of children. During these critical first few years of life, safe, stable, and nurturing relationships are critical to healthy brain development.

Participation in the Reach Out and Read Program has proven to build better brains and enhance language development. Refer to the research and guidance below for the latest news and information on book sharing and anticipatory guidance.

Become a Reach Out and Read Provider

If you are interested in joining the Reach Out and Read Program in the Kansas City Metropolitan area please submit your application today.

Online Resources Are Available

As schools and programs across the Greater Kansas City area close to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), many parents and caregivers are seeking ways to support learning outside of the classroom. It is during these times of anxiety when children are most in need of a secure environment and opportunities for one-on-one engagement with a loved one. Please see below some of our favorite resources to add to your activities at home.

Scholastic Learn At Home

Our partners at Scholastic have created a free Learn at Home environment with day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.

Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood 

Our friends at Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood have put together a comprehensive list of screen-free activities. 

Department of Education

Talk, Read, and Sing together every day! A resource guide for families from the Department of Education.

Free Audio Book Library

An actual trip to the library might be on hold for the next few weeks but most libraries offer free audio books for download. Having a book for a child to listen to while they color is a great activity that feeds their imagination. This site has 200 free resources available for download.

What Are the Animals Doing Today?

Many zoos and aquariums have switched on the LIVE web cam! Check out The Kansas City Zoo's live feed to see what the animals are up to.