The Canandaigua Community Program has partnered with the Finger Lakes WIC (Women, Infants & Children) office in Canandaigua. WIC families who live in the Canandaigua School District and have babies up to 36 months of age can receive a free “bundle of books” and our Parent Guide, which contains tips for reading to babies and young children. Age-appropriate books for siblings through age 7 are also provided. Registration cards are available at the WIC office so that parents can request a bundle of books. More than 630 “bundles” have been delivered to Canandaigua families since January 2012!
In addition, any Canandaigua family attending birthing classes at Thompson Hospital receives a bundle of books from Budding Readers.
Budding Readers also provides a new book annually for each entering UPK and Head Start student in Canandaigua.
The Canandaigua program was started by Ann Hedges, a retired teacher from the Canandaigua School District. Ann, with the able assistance of Martha Schwartz, a retired Honeoye School District teacher, dedicated five years to creating and nurturing the Canandaigua program. Martha Schwartz then led the program for another two years.
The program is currently coordinated by Linda Collins, a retired teacher from the Victor School District, who lives in Canandaigua, again with the able assistance of Martha Schwartz.
Want to learn more about the Canandaigua Program?
Contact Linda: (585) 747-2223, or