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  1. Good morning,

    I am the project coordinator for the Sit Together and Read – Kinship (STAR-K) research study at the Ohio State University Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy located in Columbus, OH. We are beginning recruitment for our study within the next month, and believe that the Children’s Defense Fund may be interested in providing our information to potentially benefit individuals that you work with. This research will​ establish the feasibility and effectiveness of the​ Sit Together and Read (STAR)​ intervention for families affected by opioid use. Specifically, thi​s st​udy will include kinshi​p caregivers and their ​young children who have been negatively impacted by parental opioid use.

    What is STAR?

    STAR is a 15-week adult-child home reading program designed to improve children’s early literacy skills and provide guidance and support to help kinship caregivers to read regularly with their child.

    What does participation involve?

    Caregivers will receive and can keep 15 new storybooks.
    Caregivers read each book to their child 4 times a week and help their children to pay attention to the print in the book (we’ll provide guidance to how to do this part).
    Total time includes: 1-hour orientation, 40 minutes of reading each week, and 1 hour of meetings with project staff, for a total of 12 hours throughout the study period.
    Caregivers keep a log of their reading and audio-record their reading sessions.
    Families will receive up to $120 in gift cards from Target and Kroger, and keep all books and materials.

    ELIGIBILITY
    This OSU study involves 40 kinship caregivers and their children 4- to 5-year-old children. Those who are potentially eligible will meet these screening criteria:

    Child is between 4 and 6 years of age

    Caregiver is at least 18 years of age

    Caregiver provides informed written consent to participate

    Caregiver is willing to read regularly to her/his child using books provided for this purpose

    If you are interested in providing our study information on your website or in another format, please let us know. We are happy to send you our updated flyer for this study once it has been approved. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. You can contact me via this email, or at(614) 292-0721.

    Thank you for your help, I hope to hear from you soon!

  2. I have a 2 year old granddaughter and 1 year old grandson. I would like to do this reading program due to having them full time and I believe you can never start to early. How do I apply

    1. Mary,

      I am sorry to say, but this program is run with a grant that will only accept grandparents whose children are between the ages of 4 and 6. I agree, it is never to early, but unfortunately for the funders of this grant and resources it is. Thanks for the inquiry. OFCA

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