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Mother Goose: Read to Me (Corporation) is a non-profit with the goal of reaching as many parents as possible to explain the importance of reading to young children as a way to boost their literacy in preparation for school.
Mother Goose: Read to Me was the brainchild of Sandra Zuchero. Sandy spent her career as a Special Education teacher for the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit and the Pottstown School District, having been awarded the distinction of Teacher of the Year (Middle School) and the Co-Teacher of the Year.
In 2003, Sandy read an article entitled The Early Catastrophe in American Educator. The researchers observed that the average child on welfare was hearing 616 words per hour; middle-class children heard 1,251 words per hour, while children of professional families heard 2,153 words per hour. It was the researcher's belief that those differences could account for the difference in the rate of vocabulary acquisition and hence impact eventual reading comprehension.
It was Sandy's idea to find a way to increase the number of words that children from low economic homes hear---beginning at infancy. Her plan was to train young mothers in ways to increase the number of words their children hear. Using simple picture books, she wanted to encourage and teach mothers how to interact with their very young children, thus exposing the child to a new and ever expanding vocabulary.
Sandy started, with the help of fellow educators, Mother Goose: Read to Me. Sandy died in November 2015, but her legacy remains with Mother Goose: Read to Me.