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July 17, 2013 - Jennifer Williamson-Forster of South Sound Reading Foundation (SSRF) serves children and families in Thurston and Mason Counties. SSRF exists to prepare children to learn, read, and succeed in school. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted the Adverse Childhood Experiences study (ACE). ACEs include verbal, physical, or sexual abuse, as well as family dysfunction (e.g., incarcerated, mentally ill, or substance-abusing family member; domestic violence; or absence of a parent because of divorce or separation). A variety of social and health problems are associated with childhood exposure to ACEs.
 

Each year the SSRF distributes over 60,000 books and educates parents about the importance of reading. SSRF partners with other organizations who are focused on social and health issues in our community to help get books to children and parents and provide reading assistance. Literacy development (e.g., language learning) starts early in life. From birth to kindergarten, children need at least 600 hours of exposure to language and printed words to be ready to succeed in school. For more visit read2me@nthurston.k12.wa.us

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