Literacy skills are for life

Illiteracy is a problem that can be solved because it is never too late or too early to learn. Through awareness and action, the challenge of reading and writing well enough to take care of daily tasks can be overcome.

For almost a quarter of San Diegan residents who read at or below basic level, the struggle with literacy skills is very real.

The San Diego Council on Literacy unites the community to support it through advocacy, partnerships, resources and coordination. Jim Patton, presenter of ABC 10News, spoke with Jose Cruz, CEO of the San Diego Council on Literacy, about the power of literacy and some important resources you can use.

“It’s crucial, and it’s important for functionality, for children so that they succeed in school and embark on the career of their choice,” explained Jose Cruz, “it’s part of everything that we do. “

Encouraging reading at home for kids really starts with language. Cruz advises telling stories even if you don’t have books or if you have some, read them every night to your children. Reading is a fun thing to do; that learning should be celebrated, while for some who begin the journey it may not be, but it is never too late.

There are several points of contact available for someone in need of assistance. For example, someone can walk into almost any library in the San Diego area and have access to adult literacy. Program information is available from the San Diego County Libraries in El Cajon and Vista, where the literacy centers are located. And you don’t have to be able to read to find help.

Jose Cruz also explains that there are 30 programs affiliated with the San Diego Council on Literacy that serve residents of all ages for free. Here are some of them:

American Academy of Pediatrics, CA Chapter 3 Reach Out and Read San Diego Program

Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based program that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric examination rooms by giving children new books and parenting advice on the importance of reading. aloud.

Education Begins in the Home provides free books to families and students in the northern San Diego County area.

Words Alive connects toddlers, teens and families with the power of reading by providing free resources.

Literacy is more than knowing how to read and write; it gives you and your family access to essential information while developing lifelong communication skills.

ABC 10News is committed to creating a better informed world through education and literacy.

Dwight E. Schulz