Share the Power of Reading
and Support Early Childhood Literacy
On Thursday, September 20, thousands of parents, caregivers and other adults across the nation will be reading The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf to children in their care. This is part of a national effort led by Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign to raise public awareness about significant disparities in early education.
The local campaign is coordinated by the Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition in partnership with The Palm Beach Post, Family Central and WXEL Television and Radio. Children’s Services Council is providing campaign funding and resources.
Last year nationwide, adults and children read The Little Engine That Could at 1,200 Read for the Record events held in 45 states. Locally approximately 2,000 adults read the book with 25,000 children.
Staff at many local childcare centers will be reading the book to the children in their centers. Adults from local businesses and service organizations will also go into early childhood settings to read the book with children on September 20.
This campaign will address the early learning gap that exists as early as age three, due primarily to economic inequality. Because of early discrepancies in language acquisition and literacy skills, one third of America’s children arrive at their first day of school unprepared to learn. Read for the Record is a way for adults to get involved in solving America’s school readiness crisis. For information about the national campaign, http://www.readfortherecocord.org