Early Family Literacy
Childhood Injury Prevention Center (CIPC) of the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical CenterReading is Fundamental (RIF) is the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit children’s literacy organization. The Childhood Injury Prevention Center is collaborating with RIF to provide children and parents with fun and educational activities promoting literacy.
One of the programs implemented by the Childhood Injury Prevention Center since 1999 is Kick Back and Read, an after-school literacy program implemented in Wilmington, CA, a community in South Los Angeles. Each year we also organize RIF book distributions that provide thousands of free books to children who do not have access to owning books of their own.
In 2002, our Center also began parent education classes. Most recently, our Center joined the United Way Success By 6 collaborative, funded by Shell and Valero Refineries in Wilmington, CA. Through this collaborative, our Center's literacy coordinator provides instruction to parents of young children on the various ways in which to prepare their child for school and how to be involved in their child’s every day learning. Programs include "Let's Learn Together", and the Motheread/Fatheread program.
A reading program is also active at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center through RIF and Reach Out and Read, a hospital based reading program.