KSB Partnering with Studer Community Institute for Early Learning Program
Through a new partnership with the Studer Community Institute and University of Chicago, KSB’s Birth Place is thrilled to become the first rural healthcare organization to begin implementing the Early Learning Program. This program, which is expected to start in the beginning of September, will arm parents with the skills and tools they need to be their baby’s first teacher.
Research has shown that 85 percent of a child’s brain is developed before age 3, and up to 95 percent developed by age 5. In those early years, the brain is able to rapidly absorb new information and start to build a healthy foundation for learning.
Each baby born at KSB will receive a Brain Bag to help promote early literacy and a baby’s exposure to words. Included in this brain bag is a board book, made possible through donations during the OB Department’s book drive; video lessons that discuss the power of speech and how to interact with the baby; and an educational book called ‘Baby Steps’, which outlines monthly milestones to help parents understand how they can promote learning through interaction at that specific age. Parents will also have the option to enroll in a free “Basic Insights” text message program that provides bi-weekly text messages with facts and skills parents can implement as their baby is growing, through the age of 3.
“I firmly believe that literacy is so important and it’s our goal that all of the parents’ with babies born at KSB leave here feeling comfortable in knowing how talk to their baby to grow their brain. Just like they have the knowledge in safe sleep practices and how to feed their baby,” shared OB Director, Gwen Strum.
The Early Learning Program’s tagline, “Build a brain, build a life, build a community,” emphasizes the fact that a community’s future lies within its students. Children who have the foundational skills they need to enter kindergarten, have a better chance to read at their grade level, finish their schooling on time, and go on to pursue post high-school education. Through this program, KSB hopes to help build a stronger Sauk Valley community by laying the foundation through its children and students.
A special thank you goes out to CEO Dave Schreiner, for his efforts in bringing this program to KSB, as well as the KSB Foundation, Raynor’s and Ken Nelson for sponsoring the babies’ Brain Bags.