Serving Monroe, Owen, and Greene Counties

Let's Read!

Just as children develop language skills long before they are able to speak, they also develop literacy skills long before they are able to read. Let's Read is an exciting program that partners United Way, Monroe Smart Start, WTIU, and Riley Physicians at IU Health.

At wellness visits from six months to five years old, pediatricians and nurses take time to talk with parents about the importance of reading at home. At each visit kids and parents will receive a book, including B is for Bloomington at the four year visit, materials from Born Learning and Reading Rockets, as well as other unique resources.

Pediatrics-based reading programs are highly effective at reaching a large number of families while using a trusted voice to reinforce the importance of reading at home. Introducing literacy to a child at this critical time will help ensure that every child in Monroe County enters kindergarten ready to learn and succeed! 

Our thanks to the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County for donation of the B is for Bloomington book.


Want a sneak-peek? Let's Read wellness check packets are now available for download (pdf format):

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6 months


9 months


12 months


18 months


2 years


3 years


4 years


5 years



Do you want to strengthen education in our community?

Please consider donating to the United Way Education Priority Fund. This fund helps children achieve their potential through cradle-to-career initiatives that ensure kids enter kindergarten ready to learn and graduate high school ready to earn success in college or career.

Want to learn more about additional Education initiatives or the other building blocks for a good life - Earnings and Essentials?

  • Born Learning
  • Financial Stability Alliance
  • Monroe Smart Start
  • Familywize Discount Prescription Card
  • Bank On Bloomington