Take 5 to Help Me Thrive Take 5

  • Talk to your child throughout your day to build language skills
  • Healthy Habits: healthy choices promotes healthy lifestyles
  • Read to your baby every day to build vocabulary and language
  • Interact: learning through play, allowing for exploration and building relationships
  • Value: time spent with your child is priceless
  • Engage with your child in all that you do

Our area school districts understand and are committed to offering each family the same opportunities to allow their child to THRIVE.  

Freedom School District
Freedom School District
Hortonville Area School District
Hortonville Area School District
Kaukauna Area School District

Kaukauna Area School District
Kimberly Area School District

Kimberly Area School District 
Little Chute Area School District


Little Chute Area School District 
Menasha Joint School District


Menasha Joint School District 
Neenah Joint School District
Neenah Joint School District
Seymour Community School District

Seymour Community School District
School District of New London

School District of New London
Shiocton School District
Shiocton School District
Wrightstown Community School District
Wrightstown Community School District
Appleton Area School District
Appleton Area School District

In an effort to engage families with their children early on and also be prepared to meet the various needs of our communities of learners starting from birth, we have combined efforts with the many organizations including Omicron Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, Greater Fox Cities Chapter of Credit Unions, and the AASD Birth-Five Outreach Team to provide a literacy bag for each new family at our area hospitals.
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All families who have a baby at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center - Appleton, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, ThedaCare New London, and ThedaCare Regional Medical Center - Neenah receive a literacy bag.
Take 5 to Help Me Thrive
Delivery of literacy bags began on May 23, 2008. Since then, over 13,000 literacy bags have been distributed to local hospitals.

The contents of the bag includes:

  • Two books - Rock-a-Bye Baby Reader & First 100 Words
  • Milestones Moments
  • Letter from Area School Districts
  • Information on the benefits of reading to your child
  • Community Resource Information
  • Response/Survey - opportunity to receive ongoing support

We have developed the Take 5 to Help Me Thrive (previously known as Books for Babies) project because we believe strongly in the importance of reading and interacting with your child from the very beginning. The research is clear that the years between birth and age five are the most critical periods for brain development.

Reading to your baby not only helps strengthen your attachment/engagement, but also builds communication, listening, memory, and vocabulary skills. Therefore, we encourage all families to Take 5 to Help Me (your child) Thrive!

Promotion of optimal early brain and child development is essential for the health and well-being of children. 90% of a child’s brain develops during the first five years. A number of factors influence early brain development. These important factors include: daily experiences, parent responsiveness, nutrition, physical activity, genetics, and love.
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Our young families have the opportunity from birth to nurture and foster their relationship with their child. Parents are the child’s first and most important teacher. 

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