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Director: Library program helping kids prepare for Kindergarten

MILTON-FREEWATER, Oregon — A library program in Oregon called Ready to Learn is helping children prepare for Kindergarten, according to a survey firm in Portland.

“We found that kids that are in our program on average have quite a bit higher Kindergarten readiness scores than the average in their school district,” says Milton-Freewater Library Director Erin Wells.

The program gets children signed up for a library card at an early age and offers monthly incentives to get kids reading.

“In Kindergarten, you need to start working a little harder on certain skills,” says Wells. “If you don’t have the foundations it’s difficult.

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