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Early education workshop encourages reading to improve school readiness

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Posted at 5:29 PM, Sep 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-19 18:43:16-04

On Wednesday, Molina Healthcare of Texas and the Waco Housing authority hosted an early education workshop for mothers with children under the age of 5. 

"Milestones for Moms" held at one of the low-income public housing complexes in Waco aims to encourage parents to read to their children before they start going to school.

According to Molina Healthcare of Texas Director of Community Engagement and Business Development Sheila Shelton, recommends parents to read to their children once a week.

"If you can kick-start their education by taking their important family time, that one on one time with your family and your child, and read and learn, then it sets them up for success for the future," Shelton said. 

At the event, vendors also shared information about insurance for their kids through the Children's Health Insurance Program.

In addition, other providers talked to them about the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children program and the Nurse-Family Partnership. During the workshop, the program that promotes school readiness for children under five of low-income families known as Head Start was also mentioned.

Those who attended received free books and a bag of groceries with ingredients to prepare a healthy meal. 

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