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Parent Testimonials

The Promise of a Bright Future in Reading

What Parents Are Saying

Working together, we can fulfill our promise to help every child discover the joy of reading. Here is a sampling of what parents are saying about Nemours BrightStart!:

"My 4-year-old daughter and I read together almost daily. I make funny faces and create voices to enhance the story's character. I also allow my daughter to try to read the pictures and certain recognizable words back to me. I've even had her read grocery store ads to me and was amazed when she articulated certain products and their cost. Her vocabulary has increased tremendously. I often catch her trying to read alone. I love it!"

Samerica Doles, after using
Nemours BrightStart! tools and resources

"The Nemours BrightStart! program is nothing short of a miracle.
The progress my daughter has achieved in the last three to four months is incredible. It's like she woke up to the fun world of letters, numbers and reading."

Parent of Nemours BrightStart!
participating student, Duval County, FL

"Ms. Denise:
Thanks a lot for all your help.
My son Andre has improved tremendously.
I appreciate your support. God bless you!"

A note from a parent given to a
Nemours BrightStart!-trained teacher


Kennedy's Story

It's hard to believe that only months ago Kennedy was struggling with the ABCs. Her mother, a teacher herself, constantly read stories to Kennedy, but that wasn't enough to help her catch on to important skills she would need to become a successful reader.

Kennedy is not alone. Many children entering kindergarten are already significantly behind in the skills they need for reading success. The achievement gap that plagues our schools exists long before kindergarten.

At Nemours BrightStart!, we see this as an opportunity we cannot resist. Through a Nemours BrightStart! screening, Kennedy was identified as needing intensive assistance to improve her early literacy skills. Along with several
other children at her preschool, Kennedy began working with a Nemours BrightStart! teacher.

To Kennedy's mom, the results were amazing. She states, "By the end of her nine-week lessons, Kennedy not only knew her ABCs, but she had begun to read at a 'better than average' level for her age group."

As such a poised reader, Kennedy was selected as the "official reader" for her preschool graduation — an honor bestowed upon only one pre-school graduate each year. She proudly read the story, Tip, as her parents beamed from
the audience.

For both Kennedy and her mom, Nemours BrightStart! has been priceless. Now confident in her beginning reading abilities, Kennedy is not only excited, but also ready to begin kindergarten in the fall.