Brainerd Lakes Area
Fathers Reading Every Day (FRED)
FRED is a national program designed to encourage men to read regularly to their young children. Research shows that children who are read to daily in their early years come to school eager to learn. These children learn to read easily, become successful at school, and go on to become lifelong learners and productive members of society. Because research also shows that women read to young children more often than men, FRED seeks to encourage reading by men to young children. Children who have both fathers and mothers reading daily to them have the highest success in their school experience.
FRED has operationally defined young children as from birth through second grade. Hence, many of our FRED programs are offered in partnerships with area elementary schools. During the 2009 - 2010 program year, we had eleven sponsoring sites, 58 separate FRED events, with 893 children and 636 dads attending.
Dads who attend FRED events will participate in one of three program models.
- In the FRED Book Give Away, dads and kids listen to stories, participate in fun literacy activities, and children choose free books to take home.
- In the FRED program model of Run and Read, men and children come to their local school for free play in the gym, active group games, and then listen to a featured story of the evening. Each child takes home a free copy of the book, and dads receive a tip sheet on how to extend the literacy learning in the book.
- In the FRED Book Club model, there is gym time followed by time in a children’s classroom. Here, the families listen to a story and then participate in parent-child activities related to the book. The dads then separate for a short parent education session related to how to support children’s literacy learning in the home. Again each child takes home a free book, and dads get a helpful tip sheet related to the book.