College of Human Sciences, East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood Host Events to Encourage Parental Involvement in Children's Lives

COHS and ELPN host outreach events for children and parents of East Lubbock.

Texas Tech University's College of Human Sciences and the East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood grant is organizing events to promote parent-child involvement to help prepare children for school.

A series of semi-monthly read-alouds, Ready to Read, at Patterson Branch Library focuses on early learning and literacy by providing exposure to picture books and read-aloud experiences for young children and their parents. Each read-aloud is hosted by members of a community or university organization.

The first Ready to Read event was held Oct. 11 and hosted by 100 Black Men of West Texas. The second event, which is from 11 a.m. to noon on Oct. 25 from, is hosted by Habitat for Humanity and will include books on homes around the world.  Families will be given books and word-game guides to take home. Read-alouds continue throughout the fall.

Special events to promote family engagement will also be offered this fall. BLOCK Fest will be held from 10-11 a.m. Saturday Oct. 25 at Patterson Branch Library, 1836 Parkway Dr. The event is designed to provide an interactive block building experience for children ages eight months to eight years and promote interactive play between parents and young children. The first 20 parents to arrive will receive a stack of colorful cardboard building blocks.

These events are offered by East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood's Family Academy, a new parent-child program launching in January. Building up to January, family events this fall focus on playing, reading and singing.

When the Family Academy begins in January there will be school readiness classes for parents and young children located in the neighborhoods.  These classes grew out of family focus groups and are designed to meet the needs of local parents.

For more information visit http://www.blockfest.org/what-is-block-fest

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CONTACT: Stepanie Shine, early childhood program director, human development and family studies, College of Human Sciences, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-4664 or stephanie.shine@ttu.edu.