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According to the Commission on Reading, "The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading, is reading aloud to children.” Research shows that having books in the home increases the chances that a child will learn to read.

Child Care Resources of Rockland, Inc. began the Tales For Tots program in 1991 by bringing volunteers to Rockland County clinics to read to children while they and their parents were waiting. The volunteers modeled reading aloud and language games for the parents.

Today the Tales for Tots Volunteer Literacy Program brings volunteer “readers” to child care programs. The special attention of being read to aloud, for an individual child or a small group of children, can only enhance their literary skills and their enjoyment of reading and books. Additional books are donated to the classroom to enhance their libraries. Parents receive information about the importance of reading to their children.

Benefits of the Tales for Tots Program

Young children are receiving a head start towards emerging literacy because we know that children who are read to become readers. They have a greater chance to succeed in school, build positive self-esteem and become productive workers. Child Care Resources of Rockland recruits and trains volunteers and gathers funds to purchase appropriate books for the volunteers to use and then leave at the child care centers for the children’s continued enjoyment. For more information on getting volunteers to come and read to children in your program please call 845-425-0009 x0 or email

Download the Tales for Tots brochure.