Cradle to Kindergarten Program

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Cradle to Kindergarten Program

Did you know that lack of access to books and educational material is the single biggest barrier to literacy in the United States? And children of low-income families face even greater barriers. In Lake County, less than half of the children enter kindergarten with suffiencent less than half of our children enter kindergarten with sufficient skills, knowledge and abilities to engage in kindergarten-level instruction. 

Studies show that the first 5 years of children’s lives are crucial to their overall development and that the experiences children have during their formative years set the stage for learning later in life. In our on-going fight for the education of Lake County children, we're excited about our partnership with Painesville City Schools' Cradle to Kindergarten initiative, designed to help children succeed in school. 

The Cradle to Kindergarten program was rolled out in the fall of 2018. It's an early literacy initiative available exclusively for new babies born at Lake Health whose families reside in Painesville. The program provides families enrolled in the program with free books, materials, and support to empower and engage parents in their child’s literacy development. Books and materials are offered in both English and Spanish.

Upon enrollment, families receive a free welcome kit and are contacted by a volunteer from the nearby community who has had training on the importance of early language development. Home visits are scheduled approximately every three months until children enter kindergarten. During home visits, new books are supplied to help families build their home libraries, and to share tips, skills and activities that parents can easily implement with their children according to his or her age and interests.

The hope is to increase kindergarten readiness while building positive, long-lasting relationships with school families before their children even step foot into a kindergarten classroom.

A program application may be accessed by clicking here. It's provided in both English and Spanish.

Questions? Contact Painesville Schools Family Resource Center Site Coordinator Amber Torres via email at or by phone at 440-392-5548.