Children Reading

Children need to be prepared to succeed the moment they start school.  From birth, children are wired to learn.  Brain research in children shows that they develop at a phenomenal rate from infancy to age five — connecting sights, sounds and experiences faster than at any other time in life. ELP is working to ensure that young children in York County are ready to learn in school and in life. By mobilizing people, leveraging resources, and empowering social, emotional, and early literacy programs, ELP is preparing children, birth to age five, for school success.


Reading with a preschool child is the single most important activity to prepare a child for school, that’s the ELP message. To help make this possible, we have four literacy programs to support York County children.

Born to Read

Visit all new parents (who consent) while in the hospital at Piedmont Medical Center to inform on importance of early literacy, connect to parenting resources, and provide a book, tote bag, early literacy tips, and bib.


When newborn babies require treatment in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Piedmont Medical Center, their parents are often overwhelmed and find it hard to interact with them.  Encourages parents with babies in the NICU to talk and read to their child to promote skin-to-skin bonding and provides a blanket and book with reading tips.


Reach Out and Read

Provide new, developmentally and age-appropriate books for each child six months to age five during each well-child visit, offer anticipatory guidance and tips to parents, and “prescribe” reading on a daily basis.

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Develop children’s home libraries through age-appropriate books and reading tips provided monthly in the mail which encourages families to read and enjoy books together.
*No longer accepting new applications for this program.


For more information about our Literacy Programs, contact the ELP office at (803) 323-2180.

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