Kids Count spotlights local issues affecting the health, well-being and quality of life of our Valley’s children. The weekly series will raise awareness of issues related to young children, providing reliable, balanced information that encourages viewers to think, feel and make informed decisions on behalf of their children and the children of the future. Kids Count is produced by ValleyPBS and made possible by a funding partnership between the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, First 5 Fresno County, Fresno County Office of Education, and United Health Centers.
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It’s important for parents to read to their children. I always like to encourage that parents could read to their children anywhere. So if you’re at the doctor’s office, you can read to your children. If they’re taking a bath, you could read to them. And always read a bedtime story to them.
~ Kari Johnson, Youth Programming Librarian
It’s been a powerful tool breaking down the walls of this room. All the things that you see in my room, they’re important, we have to have them. But being able to take them out of this room on Safari and into different ways of researching or finding video or pictures. Those are powerful tools for these kids. So I’m really sold on iPads and I knew that I needed to have them.
~ Kathie Aschenbrenner, Granite Ridge Intermediate School
Students aren’t reading on grade level and that’s huge, and it has huge implications down the road, too. And so we know that this is such an area of concern for the local community that this is where we’ve put a lot of the effort at the organization. And so we have students that come to us who are reading behind 1 to 5 grade levels.
~ Jenny Brietigam, Reading and Beyond