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Rotary President Phil McBean and four-year-old Nevaeh, who received her Let's Read book at her 3.5-year-old check-up at Darley Early Years Hub.   Photo – Jessica Howard
Rotary President Phil McBean and four-year-old Nevaeh, who received her Let's Read book at her 3.5-year-old check-up at Darley Early Years Hub.   Photo – Jessica Howard

By Jessica Howard

The future is bright for young Moorabool children as a popular literacy program is funded for a further two years.

The Let’s Read program was introduced to the region in 2006 and is a national initiative that promotes reading with children from birth to five years.
The program is delivered and funded by the Rotary Club of Bacchus Marsh and Moorabool Shire Council.

Rotary Club President, Phil McBean said literacy is one of the most important foundations for success in school and life.

“It is well documented that an individual’s literacy levels affect their opportunities in life for education, employment, income and wellbeing,” he said.
In 2016-2017, the program provided a total of 1,211 literacy packs to local children.

Resources are provided at Maternal and Child Health visits, which are conducted at the Darley Early Years Hub at four months, 12 months, 18 months and three-and-a-half years old.

The Let’s Read program was developed by the Centre for Community Child Health at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and The Royal Children’s Hospital. 
For more information on the program, contact Nicole Carver, Maternal and Child Health Coordinator, on 5366 7100.