Read from the Start

Visit the Toolkit under Resources to access Read from the Start materials online from the convenience of your home.

Children who grow up hearing stories and looking at books will fall in love with language.  Read from the Start, MHC’s family reading initiative, is offered free of charge and empowers parents and caregivers to read to their young children.  RFTS participants with the guidance of a certified Discussion Leader, discuss high-quality children’s books and learn the importance reading has on a child’s future.  Participants keep the books and leave RFTS programs excited to share the books and stories with their children.  

MHC partners with local organizations throughout the state to host the programs.  These partners all share a commitment to family reading and literacy.  A sample of hosts include: Head Starts, Parents as Teachers, libraries, community action agencies, schools, and shelters.

Children who grow up hearing stories and engaging with books have a better chance of falling in love with language and succeeding in school. Research shows that reading aloud is the single most important activity a caregiver can do to help a child prepare for reading and learning. Our family reading program, Read from the Start (RFTS), empowers parents and caregivers to read to their young children regularly- helping them form early habits that foster a lifelong love of reading. 

RFTS did a great job of teaching me that story time can be more about participation and conversation to edify my children’s education.
-RFTS participant at Gracemor Elementary