The Michigan Board of Education wants to make sure children are ready to read.
With the start of a new school year just around the corner, an early literacy task force presented a report on childhood literacy to the state board.
The board is looking to increase funding for the Michigan School Readiness Program and early education programs for at-risk children, among other things,
Board members say parents should start teaching their kids how to learn word relationships as early as birth, so the child will be on the right track once kindergarten starts.
Besides just reading to kids, parents say there are other options like singing songs, playing rhyming games, and looking at puzzles. Board members say parents are the key to children starting off successfully in school.