Rockbridge Reads! wants every parent, grandparent and caregiver to have the tools they need to teach the young children in their lives. If we all work together, we can reach our goal of seeing every child fully prepared to start Kindergarten.

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Local Resources

Mr. Ryan's Storytime!

Mr. Ryan’s Storytime provided by Rockbridge Regional Library

Milestones What to expect as your child grows. If you have a question or concern about how your child is developing, talk with your child’s doctor and/or contact the RAISE Infant Program (for children birth to three) or your local school division (for children two to five).

  • Sign up for text messages from Text 4 Baby.  Information is sent throughout pregnancy and baby’s first year.
  • Find milestones specific to literacy at Read Out and Read.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics provides comprehensive, user-friendly information at
  • The Center for Disease Control also publishes milestones through the “Learn the Signs.  Act Early” campaign.
  • Our partner agency, Smart Beginnings of Great Roanoke, provides free developmental screening. Complete a form on-line and you will receive personalized follow-up information.
Little Free Library at Lime Kiln Creek Park in Lexington.

Little Free Library at Lime Kiln Creek Park in Lexington.

Reading Children of all ages benefit when they are read to!  Reading with your child promotes bonding and security as well as vocabulary.

A new dinosaur book to go with big brother's dinosaur shirt.  Mountain Day 2014.

A brother and sister pick out books at Mountain Day 2014.  It’s never too early to start a collection!

Learning Everyone can be a teacher. Find ideas here for how to teach children through play and everyday activities.

  • The United Way sponsored program Born Learning shares ways to” turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities.”
  • Follow Rockbridge Reads! on Pinterest for our latest suggestions for playing, crafting, and reading with your child.
United Way Rockbridge & Rockbridge Reads! at the Rockbridge Community Festival.

Children coloring at the Rockbridge Community Festival.  Coloring is a way to develop fine motor skills and practice for holding a pencil.