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NS newborns go home with a bag of books. (Child & Family).

HALIFAX -- Each newborn in Nova Scotia now receives a tote bag of books and learning supports before leaving the hospital. The program which aims at getting Nova Scotia children to read was given $1 million in federal funding and $500,000 from the province.

The bag includes two books, information on reading development and community literacy resources, as well as an application for a library card. The program is designed support parents as their children's first teacher, and encourage a healthy learning environment in the home.

The program has the backing of the Halifax Youth Foundation, the Izaak Walton Killam Health Centre and the Cape Breton Regional Health Care Complex.
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