Parents encouraged to register kids for Ready 2 Learn program

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What if helping your child off to a great start was as free and easy as getting a library card? Parents can now register their children for the new free Ready 2 Learn card and start saving for college.

Ready 2 Learn is a new program for children ages birth to 5 who live in Umatilla, Union, Baker, Grant and Wallowa counties through a partnership with regional libraries, the InterMountain Education Service District, Greater Eastern Oregon Behavioral Health Inc., Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Once parents register their children for the free Ready 2 Learn card, children will have access to a wide variety of books, movies, music, fun activities and educational programs through their local libraries. In addition, registration for the Ready 2 Learn card also opens an Oregon College Savings Plan for the child with just a $25 initial deposit. Each time a child checks out a book or participates in one of the library programs, a small cash amount is credited to the child’s college savings account. Other options are available for families who cannot make the $25 initial deposit into the Oregon College Savings Plan (see your local library for details).

Each month a child is enrolled in the Ready 2 Learn program, parents will receive a newsletter with information about fun and easy learning ideas. These tips will help parents give their children the building blocks of learning needed to make sure they get off to the best start possible, and could prove beneficial when a child takes the new statewide Kindergarten Readiness Assessment prior to starting school. In addition, the Ready 2 Learn program will offer free quarterly trainings for parents of registered participants.

Ready 2 Learn is funded by a Library Services and Technology Act grant managed through the Oregon State Library. Additional funds are provided by the Oregon College Savings Plan and GOBHI. Parents can register their eligible children for Ready 2 Learn by visiting one of these regional libraries starting June 17: Pendleton Public Library, Hermiston Public Library, Cook Memorial Library (La Grande), Baker County Library, Enterprise Public Library or the Grant County Public Library.

Learn more about Ready 2 Learn on Facebook: Parents can also contact their local library for more details.

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