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November 1, 2017

0-5 Express November 2017: The More You Know


Why be an Everyday Hero?


Why be an Everyday Hero?

Time-tested tips from the Everyday Hero campaign suggest activities that contribute to your child’s brain development and help set the stage for future success. For example: Hooray! Today is #NationalFamilyLiteracyDay. It’s a great day to take your babies to the local library or curl up together on the couch and read a book (if you think about it, reading together gives you more time to smell their hair and touch their baby-soft skin… so snuggly ♥).

You can obtain engaging tips to create learning opportunities when you text EverydayHero to 77453. Here’s a tip from Everyday Hero that you can use today, and every day! While you are reading with your children, ask them questions about the story and use the conversation to introduce new words. If they are not old enough to answer, you can describe details… they are listening!

In addition to simple tips, you may occasionally receive texts on upcoming, FREE events like the Age-Friendly Festival that happened last Saturday at the Sarasota Fairgrounds. It was fun… #ForAllAges!

Parents can text EverydayHero to 77453 for weekly tips on how they can create learning experiences for their children — and it’s completely FREE. The Campaign delivers up to two text messages each week to parents. Tips will be sorted by the following age groups:

0-1 Year Old — Infants
Sample Tip: There is no such thing as too young for the library – Go! Your baby will love books with bright colors and pictures.

2-3 Years Old — Toddlers
Sample Tip: A child is never too young to have a library card.  Visit your local library and ask about programs for families.

4 Years Old — Pre-K
Sample Tip: Give everything a name. You will build your child’s vocabulary by talking about interesting words and objects.

5-8 Years Old — K-3rd Grade
Sample Tip: Ask your child to talk about his day at school. What is something they did? Did they play a game at recess?

SCGLR is looking forward to supporting parents as they propel their children to success!
Message and data rates apply. Text STOP to cancel or HELP for help.
Information on privacy and terms.


Remote Area Medical — RAM



The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR) will be distributing free books to all children in attendance at the Remote Area Medical (RAM) access event. RAM provides FREE dental, vision, and medical care for anyone who needs medical help and cannot afford it. No insurance, medical records or proof of citizenship are required.


  • Help is first come, first served.
  • Parking lot opens at 12:00 midnight.
  • Tickets for services are distributed in the Manatee Technical College parking lot at 3 a.m.
  • Clinic doors open at 6 a.m. NOTE: The animal clinic on November 10 has been canceled, but FREE vouchers to have your dog or cat spayed or neutered will be available at the Human Services Clinic on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Animals are not permitted at the Human Services Clinic.
  • Surgery is by appointment only.
  • Do not bring your pets to get a voucher.Please share this life-changing event with anyone who may need services or medical personnel who may be interested in volunteering their time.

Call (941) 526-4766 or email to get involved.
Visit for more information.

Volunteer: SCGLR still needs three volunteers: one volunteer for Sunday, November 12th from 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. to help pass out books, and two from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. to help break down the booth.



FREE Offerings for Families with Young Children

forty-carrotsForty Carrots Family Center is offering a variety of FREE classes including a drop-in group for parents and infants from birth to 7 months, a Breastfeeding Support and Latch Clinic presented by Sarasota Memorial Hospital, and several Partners In Play events located in Venice, Sarasota, and Manatee.

Not only is this a great opportunity to introduce your baby to new stimuli but a fun way to meet other parents!

Learn more about the Forty Carrots Parenting Program Groups.

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