Kansas Literacy Program Gives Finding My Way Books to Kids
For Immediate Release – November 2, 2015 – Lenexa, KS – After learning that kindergarten teachers in Kansas reported that as many as half of their students enter school without the literacy skills needed to learn to read, the Kansas Pediatric Foundation (KPF), charitable arm of the Kansas Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (KAAP) developed Turn a Page. Touch a Mind. ® (TAP-TAM) in 2004. TAP-TAM is an early literacy program that takes advantage of the trusted and consistent relationship between a child’s physician and parents. Since 2004 participating physicians have distributed over 550,000 new, developmentally appropriate books to Kansas kids 6 months through 5 years old.
In October, Finding My Way Books was added as a preferred book vendor for TAP-TAM sites because the KPF Board of Directors felt that the message that these books send is an important one to share with families across the state. TAP-TAM physicians have already started ordering books to give out, and we expect that this new book option will be popular with the 81 TAP-TAM sites in Kansas.
The Kansas Pediatric Foundation, the charitable arm of the Kansas Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics has a mission to develop partnerships with individuals, foundations, and organizations who share our commitment for a healthy and meaningful life for our children and adolescents in Kansas.