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Multnomah County Library reaches out to mothers and children who struggle with food insecurity, bringing early literacy education and activities directly to health clinics.
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Parent education at health clinics

This year, more than 10,000 mothers and young children will receive literacy education through our unique partnership with WIC.

​Librarians have long known that it can be a challenge for a struggling parent  to pack up their children and travel to the library. The library is working with WIC, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, to educate young parents and find ways to encourage families to use the library, perhaps for the first time.

​WIC Literacy Education reaches our community's lowest-income moms and children. Moms receive information on the importance of reading with their child and incentives that motivate them to attend virtual classes and educational, bilingual storytimes. The classes cover topics such as a baby’s brain development, interactive reading, and book selection for children.

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