Province invests more than $140,000 in early literacy programs

The province says it's investing more than $140,000 to help families encourage their children to develop a love of reading at an early age. 

Premier Brian Gallant says improving literacy rates is "crucial" for the New Brunswick economy and says it will also help to reduce poverty in the province. 

Gallant was in Fredericton today reading to children as a way to highlight literacy programs like Born to Read.

Under these programs, parents of each newborn receive a free gift bag of children's books. 

The bag also contains information describing and promoting the importance of early childhood literacy. 

The announcement was made today, which is New Brunswick Literacy Day.