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Getting Kids Prepared for Kindergarten

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YAKIMA, Wash.- Parents in the Let's Read program spend quality time reading with their children every month and this has a lasting impression. It also helps their kids be extra prepared for school.  

Dalton and Landon are two years old and have known their ABC's for months. Their mother says they've been receiving books from the let's read program and have been reading them since the boys were born.

"I think we would've always read but i think we probably do it more," said Jill Benetti, who's been using the Let's Read program for almost three years.

Benetti is only one of many parents who receive the books and read with their kids several times a week.

"Parents have really caught on to this program now," said Nancy Leahy, the Program Director.

Let's read was started in 2003 with 115 kids. Now the program has over 2300 children reading books from Yakima to Kittitas County and the numbers keep growing.

"It doesn't stop it just comes every month at no cost to parents and it comes with age appropriate hard-back books," said Leahy.

The program provides books and reading opportunities for newborns to kids up to five years old. Quality time is also another benefit this program offers.

"To build that social emotional attachment at a very early age is ensuring you've got a learning child," said Leahy.

Let's Read currently has 200 kids on a wait-list and it's continuing to expand.

The Yakima and Ellensburg programs have done so well that they just started an Ephrata program this month.