Lukukeskus, Finnish Reading Centre

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Programme name Country Date of information
Lukulahja lapselle Finland 2 Dec 2019
Question Answer
About the Organisation  
Organisation name Lukukeskus – The Finnish Reading Center
Organisation address Linnunlauluntie 7, 00530 Helsinki, Finland
Goal/objective Reading for a better world. The Finnish Reading Center promotes reading, literacy and literature
Contact Person Emmi Jäkkö
Position of Contact Person Development manager
Contact email
Contact Telephone Number +358 50 410 7988
Organisation website
Organisation type  NGO
How many staff does your organisation employ? 7
About the Programme  
Basic details  
Programme name Lukulahja lapselle
Country/Province/City where the programme takes place Finland
Year started 2019
Programme goal/objective Book bag for every baby born in Finland
Funding sources The Finnish Cultural Foundation
Geographic coverage National campaign in Finland
Purpose of the programme  
Not for profit? non profit
Religious or political purpose? none
Local consistency of model  
Is your programme model consistent across your geographic area, or are there regional differences? Consistent
Book Packs  
What are the contents of your gifting pack? In book bag: Rhymebook for babies with infotexts for parents, Bedtime story book for toddlers, height chart with info on childs verbal development and facts about reading, rhyme cards and invitation to library.
Is your programme offered free of charge to all families? Yes
Partnerships and Delivery  
What are your primary ‘points of contact’ with the population you serve? Health clinic
Who gifts/hands-out your pack to families?   Healthcare workers
Please list your other programme partnerships Daycare can use free information provided on programme’s website; Libraries share information for families. Health care officials share information about reading in official documents.
Is the programme universal or targeted? Book bag is given to every baby born in Finland 2019-2021.
How many children does your programme serve a year? 50,000
At what age/gifting period do children receive your programme.   Prenatal, Birth – 6 months, 6 – 12 months
Diversity provision  
Does your program include provisions or resources for children with special needs? no  
What language populations does your programme serve? Finnish and Swedish; Sami language will be added (official languages in Finland). Info materials (everything except books) in Arabic, Sorani, Somali, Spanish, Russian, Estonian, English
Evaluation and research  
Have you conducted programme evaluation or research (including longitudinal)? If yes, has this evaluation/research been published?  We are conducting evaluation and research through out the program. First survey was made before the program started; second survey will be done after 1 year after launch; and last one in the end of the third year. In addition several surveys on materials and health care workers experiences will be conducted by students.


Videos and Powerpoints

May 2022 – Research updates on programmes

Emmi Jäkkö: Finnish Reading Centre, Lukukeskus, Finland 

May 2021 – Health and Wellbeing

Emmi Jäkkö: Lukukeskus (Finnish Reading Centre)

Feb 2020 – Maternity hospital and Health Clinic bookgifting

Emmi Jäkkö: Finnish Reading Centre – Book Gift Program – Book bag for every child born 2019-2021

Feb 2020 – Maternity hospital and Health Clinic bookgifting