Ready4K and Vroom: Early Learning Tips for Young Children

By Sarah S. RSS Fri, February 2, 2018

Here at the Free Library, we often have parents ask us, "How can I help my child learn to read?" Of course, we know that sharing books with children helps to develop a love of reading, but beyond that, there are lots of things you can do to support your child's language and literacy development.

We are happy to announce that the Free Library, in collaboration with Read by 4th, is now providing free access to Ready4K, a great, research-based text messaging program for parents of children between the ages of birth to five.

Signing up is simple: Fill out the following form or text Readby4th to 70138 from your smartphone, follow the instructions to select English or Spanish, and enter your child's birth date. It's that easy! You will then receive three texts per week that are specially created for your child's age with fun facts and easy tips to boost your children’s learning. Data and messaging rates may apply, but otherwise this is completely free.

You can also download the free Vroom app, which provides videos of various early learning tips for young children. Parents can choose which technology to use, or use both!

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This is something that should be used for children of ALL ages that are in school. My son is in the 6th grade, and has Autism. He has some difficulty reading, and could possibly benefit from this program. Please reconsider opening this up to a larger age group. Thank you.
Barbara - West Philadelphia
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Hi Barbara, and thank you for your comment! Great suggestion; children of all ages need support and encouragement with reading, and children on the Autism Spectrum could definitely benefit from this kind of support. Some of our Free Library locations offer Sensory Story Times, which can support language and literacy growth in a sensory-friendly environment, although most of them are geared towards children younger than your son. And this is not specifically a reading program, but one our awesome librarians at the Fumo Family Library offers a Gaming Club, which is "an inclusive, bully-free, and sensory-friendly club for kids who enjoy games of all kinds." Check here for their next meeting, and be sure to connect with Mr. John, the Children's Librarian there:
Sarah S. - Philadelphia
Tuesday, March 13, 2018