Review the most frequently asked questions we receive from donors, partners, and parents about the Little by Little School Readiness Program.
Questions Commonly Asked By Donors & Partners
How is the Little by Little Program funded?
The Little by Little Program is funded through grants and donations from a variety of individuals and organizations. Click here to find out more about our current funders and partners. Visit our donate page to learn how you too can support the Little by Little Program and young children’s early literacy development.
How much does the Little by Little Program Cost?
In Los Angeles County, the Little by Little Program costs, on average, $52 annually per child. Costs may vary from region to region based on local factors such as salaries of WIC staff and the caseload at different WIC centers. Children receive up to four high-quality educational books each year, which they get to keep to build their own home library. Parents receive age-appropriate handouts during each Little by Little Program visit, which provide important information on their child’s development.
How does the Little by Little Program work?
Families enrolled in the program receive high-quality educational children’s books at each visit they make to their local WIC center (up to four times per year). Parents and caregivers also receive a handout that outlines key milestones in their child’s development, as well as guidance from their WIC counselor on the importance of reading often to their children and cultivating a literacy-rich environment.
I’m a funder interested in bringing the Little by Little Program to my community, what do I do next?
I’m a WIC agency interested in bringing the Little by Little Program to my centers, what do I do next?
Where is the Little by Little Program currently available?
The Little by Little Program is currently available at 15 WIC centers in Southern California and five WIC centers in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Visit our program locations page for more information about where the Little by Little School Readiness Program is offered.
What languages is the Little by Little Program offered in?
The Little by Little Program located in Southern California is offered in both English and Spanish. Families enrolled in the program can choose to receive books in English, Spanish, or bilingual (Spanish and English). Families can choose to receive their developmental handouts in either English or Spanish. Our partner program in Tulsa, Oklahoma also offers developmental handouts in Zomi/Burmese, which is reflective of the needs of families in that region.
Can I buy books or handouts from the Little by Little Program?
We don’t sell children’s books to individuals or organizations. The informational handouts, in English and Spanish, can be downloaded from the for parents page of this website.
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Questions Commonly Asked by Parents
Where is the Little by Little Program Located?
The Little by Little Program is currently located at ten WIC centers across Los Angeles County and five WIC centers in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Visit our Program Locations page for more information about where the Little by Little School Readiness Program is offered.
How can I enroll my child into the Little by Little Program?
If you receive WIC services from one of the ten centers in Los Angeles County or one of the five WIC centers in Tulsa, Oklahoma that offer the Little by Little Program, you will be invited to enroll during your regular WIC visits to those locations. Currently, these are the only centers where the program is available, but we hope to be able to bring the program to more locations in the U.S. in the future.
How can I sign up for the WIC program?
To apply for WIC services, you will need to contact your state or local WIC agency to set up an appointment. Click here to find your local WIC center or search for your state's website. You can also call the toll-free number for each state’s WIC agency. When you call to set up an appointment, someone will tell you what you need to bring with you.
My WIC center does not offer the Little by Little Program. Where else can I find books for my children?
Your local public library is an excellent place to find high-quality and educational books for your children. It's free to sign up for a library card and there is no cost to borrow books from the library. Some libraries also offer other resources like “story time”, arts and crafts, and summer programs for children.
Can I get copies of the educational handouts offered by the Little by Little Program?
Yes! You can download copies of the Little by Little Program handouts, in both English and Spanish, by visiting the For Parents page of this website.
How often should I read to my child?
Research shows that the more often you read to children, the more it helps with their literacy development. We encourage parents to read with their children for at least 15 minutes each day if they can, but any amount of time you can spend reading with your child is beneficial.
I have questions about my child’s development, who can I ask for advice?
For questions about your child’s development, we recommend that you make an appointment with a pediatrician (a doctor for children) to discuss them. It can be helpful to write down your questions before the appointment so that you remember to discuss all the issues you want to address.
Does the Little by Little program offer tutoring to children?
No, the Little by Little Program does not offer tutoring services to children.
Are You a Parent Needing More Resources?
Visit our For Parents page for more information about the Little by Little Program, the WIC program, as well as additional early literacy resources for families.