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    NEW HAVEN CELEBRATES TWO WEEKS OF “THE LITTLE READ” - EFFORT AIMS TO INCREASE LITERACY AND ACCESS TO BOOKS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD

    (4/6/2010) NEW HAVEN- The New Haven Early Childhood Council is currently celebrating the Citywide Little Read during the Week of the Young Child. During the Little Read, which will run from April 4th through April 17th, family reading events will take place in early childhood classrooms, libraries, family childcare homes and residences to promote early language and literacy. Every family of a preschool child in a center-based classroom or family childcare home throughout the City received the book: Read to Me/Vamos a Leer, a bilingual book which was widely distributed for free to centers and homes over the course of the last several weeks.

    Childcare centers, libraries and families are encouraged to organize unique and fun family reading events based on their children’s favorite picture books. Families and center-based classrooms or childcare homes received Read To Me/Vamos a Leer to inspire more reading and storytelling.

    The Week of the Young Child will involve the Celebration of Early Childhood at City Hall on Saturday, April 10th from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Families and early childhood providers are encouraged to celebrate early childhood at City Hall with information tables, preschool registration information and fun activities for children. Free books, materials and snacks will also be provided.

    The following is a sampling of events taking place as part of the Little Read Family Reading Events:

    Edith B. Jackson Childcare Center has organized parents, the school nurse, board members and alumni to sign up to read their very favorite children’s picture book!

    Centro San Jose is planning a center wide Story Night. After yummy dinner, the children and parents share time doing activities based on a book. To say goodnight, they all cuddle up and read the book to everyone together.

    Helene Grant Head Start program is featuring Dr. Seuss books and a visit from its very own cat (in a striped hat) from the Cat in the Hat classic children’s picture book! Every room has decorated its door as the cover of a Dr. Seuss book!

    Creating Kids at the Connecticut Children’s Museum combines a Musical Morning sing-a-long with reading a song books. .

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    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660


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