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Infant and Toddler Connection receives donation of children’s books

October 5, 2009

Infant and Toddler Connection receives donation of children’s books (from left) Dr. Lissa Power-deFur, director of the LCCLL, receives a donation of books from Nancy Cloyd, author and president of Literacy for Tykes.

The Infant and Toddler Connection (ITC) of the Heartland, housed within Longwood's Center for Communication, Literacy and Learning, recently received a donation of 108 copies of the award-winning children's book Teddy Bear's Favorite Pictures. The hardcover, color books were donated by Literacy for Tykes, a non-profit organization that works in partnership with the Target Corporation to assist parents and caregivers with the development of literacy skills for children.

Nancy Cloyd, president of Literacy for Tykes and author of the book, presented the books and materials for Spanish translation and a parent tip sheet, to Diane Jackson, service coordinator for the ITC. The books will be distributed to families of infants and children up to three years of age. The ITC program provides early intervention services in a seven county region (Amelia, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway and Prince Edward).

"These books are designed with step-by-step guidelines to parents on how to share the characteristics of each illustration with their child," said Cloyd. Highly acclaimed artist Delia Bowman Wach illustrated the book. "The visual-literacy process is an essential building block in developing lifelong literacy skills," said Cloyd. "Research shows that early personal interaction is the best way for a child to learn these skills, and the best time is before preschool, if possible."

"Literacy for Tykes is grateful to Target for partnering with our organization to bring essential resources to families throughout the region," said Cloyd. In addition to the Infant and Toddler Connection, Piedmont Healthy Families and Buckingham Social Services will receive books through phase one of the early childhood literacy initiative. In spring 2010, Literacy for Tykes plans to launch phase two targeting pre-kindergarten children.