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TrueCare Hosts Literacy Workshop Series with Words Alive

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Six-week sessions aimed at cultivating a love for reading with children under 5 years

Oceanside, CA (May, 2024)—TrueCare has partnered with Words Alive to host a series of interactive, fun literacy classes for children under 5 years old. These interactive groups (or cohorts) join an engaging atmosphere where children and their families can cultivate a love for reading.

The next cohort will begin on June 12. Parents, and guardians can register at https://bit.ly/tcwordsalive and choose “Wednesdays, 5:00 pm, IN-PERSON TrueCare Mission Mesa Pediatrics” to receive more details by text. Cohorts are also available virtually. See the link for more details.

Sessions are conducted in both English and Spanish to promote inclusivity. Classes are held weekly on Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. over the course of six weeks at TrueCare Mission Mesa Pediatrics (2210 Mesa Drive, Suite 300, Oceanside, CA).

Grounded in the power of play, each literacy workshop includes a tailored information session and skill-building exercises, a group story time, and guided activities. Participants receive 6-12 books (6 books each series) over the course of the classes, and the weekly craft activities coincide with each book.

The classes are made possible through a grant from San Diego Foundation and Dr. Seuss Foundation in an effort to promote literacy and child health equity through a community program.

According to the San Diego Council of Literacy, 46% of 3rd graders in the San Diego Unified School District do not meet the standard for language arts (reading/writing) and 23% of San Diego County adults lack basic literacy skills. Children of parents with low literacy skills have a 72% chance of being at the lowest reading levels themselves.

Pilot programs have shown a 29% increase in positive literacy behaviors in the home environment following literacy workshops. They’ve also reported a 44% increase in children’s requests to be read to, and a 45% increase in parent awareness of the important of reading to their child.
TrueCare and Words Alive aim to break down barriers to literacy and empower children and families through the joy of reading. By fostering a positive experience with reading, children learn to have a lifelong interest for learning. Through reading, children acquire new vocabulary, critical thinking, writing skills, self-expression, self-awareness, curiosity, and so much more, encouraging them to become an advocate for themselves and their futures.

About TrueCare … For over 50 years, TrueCare has remained steadfast in its commitment to patients, their families, and its communities. As a nonprofit community health center, TrueCare is dedicated to delivering a superior and compassionate healthcare experience to nearly 65,000 patients every year, reducing barriers and increasing accessibility to quality care. TrueCare serves its communities in San Diego and Riverside Counties through its 22 health centers and WIC offices, providing primary care, pediatric, women’s health, behavioral health, dental, chiropractic, acupuncture, podiatry, and cardiology services to everyone, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. In addition, TrueCare offers many other support services such as mobile services, transportation to clinic appointments, insurance enrollment assistance, weekly food distributions, and nutrition programs. For more information, please visit https://truecare.org/

About Words Alive … The purpose of Let’s Read with Words Alive Family Literacy program is to nurture book-sharing habits at home by celebrating the power of play as children and parents/guardians/caregivers explore books, talk, write, and create art anchored in a new story each week. The program teaches research-based strategies to make reading aloud interactive and joyful. It’s developmentally appropriate for kids ages 0-5 years old, is delivered in English and Spanish, and includes copies of the books for each child to keep.


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