Welcome to Read from the Start

Children who grow up hearing stories and looking at books will fall in love with language. READ from the START is a reading program that teaches parents and caregivers the joy and benefits of reading to children from birth to five years old. Local groups sponsor READ from the START in areas throughout Missouri. The two-part sessions are facilitated through certified Discussion Leaders and filled with learning opportunities for parents and caregivers. Parents who attend RFTS take home seven new children’s books. READ from the START is free to all participants.

To apply for a program, complete this request form and mail or fax it to:

Julie Douglas

Family Program Director julie@mohumanities.org Missouri Humanities Council 543 Hanley Industrial Court, Suite 201 St. Louis, MO 63144-1905 Phone: (314) 781-9660 Fax: (314) 781-9681


READ from the START is highly acclaimed across Missouri by parents, educators, administrators, directors, children’s librarians, and organizations such as:

  • Head Start Centers
  • Parents as Teachers Programs
  • Alternative high schools/PAT for Teens
  • Women’s and homeless shelters
  • Child abuse prevention programs
  • Libraries
  • Social Service agencies