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Parents, Grandparents & Early Childhood Educators of Infants through 5-Year-Olds
Get Insights and Activities to Develop Youngsters’ Reading Skills

PHOENIX…Nov. 21, 2011…Free literacy workshops aimed at stimulating brain and language development in children from birth through age five are coming to the Yuma community beginning Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011. The six-workshop series already is underway at more than a dozen locations in North Phoenix and Tempe with nearly 300 participants. Eight’s Educational Outreach department conducts the workshop series funded by Arizona’s First Things First.

Open to the public, the locally-based early literacy workshops take place in schools, churches and community centers. Parents, grandparents and educators may attend only one workshop or the entire series at no charge. The workshops are bi-lingual with both Spanish translation and free childcare available for children five and under.

“These literacy workshops show parents, grandparents and teachers how to use quality PBS educational programs and content to help their young children get a head start on reading,” said Kimberly Flack, Eight’s associate general manager - education. “Like First Things First, we are committed to helping Arizona’s youngsters arrive at school ready to succeed. The support from these two First Things First Regional Partnership Councils to work with Eight and grow this early literacy project is invaluable.”

This six-workshop literacy series focuses on different learning topics: changes in a child’s brain, strategies for reading aloud, creating a literacy-rich environment, incorporating poetry and music, making media an educational experience and finding safe, online literacy resources. The workshops are two hours long, focusing first on caregivers and educators. In the last half hour, caregivers work with their children to gain confidence in newly learned skills. Attendees also receive a complete packet of resources, including tip sheets, a children’s book and DVD.

In Yuma, the workshop series will be available at two locations – the Foothills Library and the Main Library in the Yuma County Library District. Those interested can register online at and click on “Yuma Early Literacy Project Workshops” or by calling (602) 496-7004. Space is limited to 25 participants per location at the following dates and times:

  • Foothills Library

    13226 E. South Frontage Road
    (Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00 a.m.-Noon)
    11/29, 12/1, 12/6, 12/8, 12/13, 12/15
  • Main Library

    2951 S. 21st Drive
    (Thursdays & Fridays 10:00 a.m.-Noon)
    12/1, 12/2, 12/8, 12/9, 12/15, 12/16

About Eight, Arizona PBS

Eight, Arizona PBS specializes in the education of children, in-depth news and public affairs, lifelong learning, and the celebration of arts and culture -- utilizing the power of noncommercial television, the Internet, educational outreach services, and community-based initiatives. The PBS station began broadcasting from the campus of Arizona State University on January 30, 1961. Now more than 80 percent of Arizonans receive the signal through a network of translators, cable and satellite systems. With more than 1 million viewers each week, Eight consistently ranks among the most-viewed public television stations per capita in the country. Arizonans provide more than 60 percent of the station's annual budget.

Eight is a member-supported service of Arizona State University.