Brevard Public Schools launched Thrive by Five, an initiative to prepare children long before they are enrolled in school to begin learning so they can thrive by the time they are in the classroom.
BPS partnered with Steward Health Care System, Parrish Medical Center and Health First to provide every family leaving the hospitals with their newborn the resources that will set each child on the path to learning.
Each of the 5,000 bags includes the children’s book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do you See? Baby bibs and information on early childhood learning.
“This has been a long time in the making,” BPS Superintendent Mark Mullins said. “For several years I’ve been looking to ensure that our youngest learners, essentially even from birth, are set on a path to success even before they enter our schools.”
The idea is to have children reading by the time they are in kindergarten.
The bags will be given to families as they leave the hospitals with their newborn. Other resources will be provided before the children are enrolled in the schools. About 5,000 children are born each year in Brevard County.