WIC Partnership....for families receiving services in Canandaigua
"Reading takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere."
-Hazel Rochman

Budding Readers - WIC Partnership

In October 2010, Budding Readers formed a partnership with the Finger Lakes WIC (Women, Infants and Children) in Canandaigua, NY.  Budding Readers volunteers participate at five WIC clinics each month in Canandaigua, where they give out books, educate parents about the importance of reading daily with their children, and model reading techniques for parents.

Budding Readers gives a new, age-appropriate book to each child and provides reading tips for parents every time they come to an appointment at the Canandiagua WIC office. 

The strength and uniqueness of the WIC partnership is its 5-year continuity, face-to-face connection with parents, and the opportunity to reach low-income, rural and semi-rural children well before they enter kindergarten.

Over 17,500 new books along with our Parent Guide of tips for reading to babies and young children have been given to WIC families. The towns with our greatest number of participants are: Bloomfield, Canandaigua, Clifton Springs, Farmington, Geneva, Honeoye, Manchester, Naples, Phelps, Rushville, Shortsville, and Victor.

Want More Information About the WIC Partnership?
     Contact:  Tam Spitzer
      Email: wic@buddingreaders.org
        or (585) 374-2409
Geneva WIC
Budding Readers, with assitance from Geneva Reads, spent two years attending WIC clinics in Geneva, NY to gift age-appropriate children's books and promote literacy. 1,500 books later, literacy services for these families have been transitioned to Geneva Reads.
Budding Readers has received grants from Wegmans, The Wilson Foundation and The F. F. Thompson Foundation to help support the WIC Partnership Program.