GFWC Mission Statement
The General Federation
of Women's Clubs is an international womens organization dedicated to
community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through
Youth Services Library
– The Youth Services library is being refurbished. Members of the
Advocates for Children Committee are updating materials for the
May 17, 2016
GFWC Billings Junior Woman’s Club Literacy Programs
Our literacy goal takes many people working together to inspire the readers of tomorrow.
*Research shows that birth to age one and birth to age three are
critical age markers in reading to children, but new research,
according to Mem Fox, indicates that the first four months is an
extremely critical time for establishing language patterns.
*Children's brains are only 25% developed at birth; the other 75% is up to the parent(s) and caregivers.
*Children who know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they are
four years old are usually among the best readers by the time they are
in third grade.
*Children need to hear at least 1000 stories read to them before they
can learn to read for themselves. If a child is read/sung to on a
regular basis it could happen in one year alone!
“Books for Babies and You!”
– Touch and Feel Board Books and information for parents are
delivered daily to newborns at each of the two Billings hospitals.
About 2,700 books are delivered each year. Over 18,000 books have been
delivered since 2007.
“Read To Your Bunny”
is a compelling program, stressing the importance of reading aloud to
children of all ages, but especially in the early formative years
beginning at birth. The purpose of the program is to share with
parents, teachers, & caregivers important information gleaned from
early childhood experts and from research studies, that identifies the
key to becoming a successful reader. Each parent attending
receives a book for
reference and a book for their baby.
The Book Ladies –Members read & sing twice a month to children from birth to three.
Festival of Trees – Each year a tree is prepared for the Festival of Trees with children’s books.
Pre School Screening
– Children Ages Birth – 5 years are screened by School
District #2 for hearing, vision, speech and development. Books are
distributed four times a year.
ECI – Early Childhood Intervention –
Children from birth to three years with hearing and/or speech problems
are given a signing book called My First Signs. Sixty books were given
Montana School for the Deaf and Blind Billings area director receives sign books to give to her students.
– The club has participated in the Holiday Parade distributing
books rather than candy. Over 1,700 books have been distributed in the
last two years.
The Center for Children and Families,
a Behavioral Health and Child Well-Being Agency serving Montana –
A counselor meets with the parents while the children are in another
room reading or playing with toys and puzzles. Each child receives a
book after the session is finished.
Billings Clinic Activity Bags –
Children that are in the hospital more than two days are given a bag
with activities like puzzles, card games, color books, coloring tools,
and a book.
Best Beginnings – Members represent BJWC at the Best Beginnings - Ready Readers Work Group