Since 2012, The Eight – AZ PBS Early Literacy Project has been implemented in Yuma, Arizona. Over 1,000 workshop participants have taken advantage of the Yuma Early Literacy Project opportunity during fiscal years 2013 and 2014 while over 750 participated in 2012 given that it was a partial year.
The six-week program is designed to provide innovative and creative ways of assisting parents, relatives, caregivers, and other professionals understand the importance of early childhood literacy along with providing tools and tips on how they can encourage their children to read and improve kindergarten readiness. Each week, participants are sequentially introduced to a literacy focal area during two-hour workshops. The workshops include 1) understanding a child’s brain development, 2) the importance of reading, 3) literacy around the house, 4) activities to promote healthy habits, language development, and parent advocacy, 5) discovering literacy using media, and 6) increasing literacy through the web.