SHERIDAN — Raising Readers in Wyoming recently announced Deb Carpenter-Nolting as executive director of the nonprofit organization that encourages parents to read to their young children by providing new books as part of their well child health care visits.

Carpenter-Nolting is eager to develop and nurture the program that has distributed nearly 400,000 books to children across the state of Wyoming.

“The brain is at the height of its receptiveness in early childhood, before the age of 3, so that’s a critical time to introduce children to books,” Carpenter-Nolting said in a press release. “We’ve also found that parents are four times more likely to read and share books with their children if they are given ‘prescriptions’ to read by their child’s physician. This proves why Raising Readers in Wyoming can be such a powerful force in early childhood development.”

A former teacher who has taught at all levels (kindergarten through college) in Wyoming, Nebraska and South Dakota, Carpenter-Nolting has a master’s in education from Chadron State College and a bachelor’s in literature from Wheaton College in Illinois.

Her experiences from one-room country schools, tribal schools, Chadron State College, and most recently, Burns High School, have given her a unique perspective on the importance of developing children’s reading awareness in early years.

To learn more about the Raising Readers program, see www.raisingreadersinwyoming.org.