May 21, 2022

Report on DC Public Library’s Successful “Books from Birth” Program, Over 13,000 Children Already Participating

From the DC Fiscal Policy Institute’s Blog:

Over 13,000 DC children are participating in Books from Birth, DC’s program that sends a free book every month to every child in the District under the age of five…The DC Public Library is taking steps to increase enrollment in high-need neighborhoods that could benefit most from participation


The Books from Birth initiative, fully funded in the fiscal year 2017 budget and administered through the DC Public Library’s Sing, Talk, and Read program, has delivered 52,000 books to DC families between February and August of this year.


Books from Birth is reaching about two-thirds of the eligible families in neighborhoods designated as “target areas” by the DC Public Library, and about one-third of all eligible children city-wide. That also means there is room for improvement to reach more families.

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