Shared Beginnings helps local teen parents develop their children’s early language and literacy skills. Activities give parents practice in reading aloud to their children and planning early learning experiences to stimulate language development in infants and toddlers. Parents also learn how to choose picture books that their children will enjoy.
Shared Beginnings conveys to teen parents the importance of nurturing emergent literacy in their young children. It gives young parents practice in a broad range of activities designed to foster early reading. Volunteers and program facilitators enable young parents to acquire the skills and confidence to teach their own children.
The Shared Beginnings activity curriculum focuses on a variety of topics based on recent brain research. These topics include: talking, singing, rhyming and rocking, playing, going places, storytelling, choosing books, reading aloud, and writing and drawing. We currently serve teen parents in five Austin ISD high schools.