Helping Your Child Become a Reader Workshop

Parent Engagement MODule | Helping your child become a reader  | Monday, April 17th: 6:30-8:15 pm

3ReadingReading Aloud to Preschoolers to Build Early Reading Skills and a Joy of Reading. Reading aloud is one of the most important things parents can do with their children. Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination, expands their understanding of the world, helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word.

This workshop will focus on the power of reading aloud to your preschooler and  to identify the ways a simple read aloud can be used as a strategy to help children build important foundational skills on their journey to becoming readers.


Irene Freiberg is the Master Literacy Coach for First 5 Santa Cruz County. In her role as Master Literacy Coach she oversees and ensures that coaches acquire understanding and skill in their work in the SEEDS of Early Literacy Program.  Prior to joining First 5, she was founder and director of Growing Years Preschool in Santa Cruz, which focuses on a play-based program with a literacy focus and instructor in the Early Education Department at San José City College.

Irene is a current board member of the Professional Association of Childhood Education where she has extensive experience in designing and conducting literacy trainings. Her focus and passion throughout her career has been to assist and support teachers in their work with young children.

Irene was honored as a Community Hero of Santa Cruz County in 2008 and 2011 for her work as literacy coach and preparing children to enter school ready to achieve their potential (success). She graduated with honors from San José State University with a B.A. in Child Development. She resides in Santa Cruz County with her husband of 44 years.

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