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Greenbush Gazette

Posted on: March 18, 2019

Early literacy initiative brings bite-sized tips to caregivers

This month, Greenbush is rolling out "babble. talk. read." (BTR), an initiative aimed at equipping caregivers of children aged 0-6 with quick, practical tips for helping children get ready to read.

BTR includes three key components:

1.  A social media campaign on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@BTRProgram)
2.  A website with resources for caregivers (
3.  An app for Android and iPhone (search for “Babble Talk Read” in the app stores)

BTR is part of two projects funded by the Literacy Network of Kansas (LiNK) program from the Kansas State Department of Education and involving 16 partner school districts across eastern Kansas. Throughout the project, Greenbush staff have worked with the state LiNK team to develop a network of literacy resources for educators and families, with the goal of improving reading and writing at the state, regional, and community levels. 

Click here to read more about the LiNK projects managed by Greenbush.

Monica Murnan, Director of Student Support Services at Greenbush, says reaching caregivers of early learners is an important aspect of the project. 

"LiNK districts are working very hard to include families of children ages zero to six and to make sure they know some simple and easy ways to show families that helping children get ready to read is indeed something that can be done every day without a lot of resources," said Monica Murnan, Director of Student Support Services at Greenbush. "Young families today are receiving much of their information through social media, so we integrated great evidence-based practices with easy-to-use bites of information."

While the overall LiNK project focuses on providing resources for the 16 school districts that were awarded grants through Greenbush's consortium applications, the resources provided through BTR on social media, the BTR website, and the BTR app are available for use by all.

To learn more about "babble. talk. read.", or to find resources to help spread the word about the initiative, visit

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