On Wednesday, June 15th, Reach Out and Read of Greater New York held the annual Growing Healthy Readers Half-Day Literacy Conference, themed “Building Bridges to Grow Healthy Readers” in partnership with United Way of NYC.
The event was filled to capacity and was held at the Helen Mills Theater in Chelsea. The conference aimed to bridge the best in early childhood development research with promising practices for practitioners, educators, and community-based early childcare providers, to ensure that collectively we are growing healthy readers.
Topics covered included, “The importance of merging corporate relationships and philanthropy to address barriers to growing healthy readers,” featuring a conversation between Colgate Palmolive’s National Program Manager, Dawna Fields and Ralph Smith, Managing Director for the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.
There was a panel discussion called “Ready For Reading: The Science of How Doctors and Parents Can Prepare Children to Succeed,” with moderator: Kim Nauer, and featuring Reach Out and Read of Greater New York’s own Dr. Leora Mogilner and Dr. Alan Mendelson, described as leaders in the field of early literacy and considered to be pioneers of the Reach Out and Read model.
Another panel discussion focused on building a culture of literacy in the home and in the community and featured library, community, and school and parent coordinators.
Finally, Reach Out and Read of Greater New York’s Executive Director, Laurie Williams offered closing remarks.
Thank you to the Helen Mills Theater and United Way of NYC for their great partnership!