As a proud partner organization to City’s First Readers (CFR), we’re excited to bring you news about a literacy celebration for children and local families at the New York City Health + Hospitals/Woodhull medical center in Brooklyn that took place on July 20, 2016.
CFR is a citywide initiative created by the New York City Council promoting early childhood literacy brings together the nine partner organizations to increase the importance of early literacy, support parents as their children’s first and most important teacher and to have fun.
The families from Brooklyn were able to spend an afternoon merging fun and literacy by participating in bilingual read-aloud story time, music and movement, fun activity stations, and book giveaways. Materials were also provided for Spanish-speaking families.
“Investment in early childhood literacy provides a foundation for all our City’s children to succeed, especially those typically left behind. I’m proud to continue to support City’s First Readers, and look forward to the ongoing progress of literacy for all New Yorkers,” said Council Member Stephen Levin.
“The City’s First Readers Initiative brings together a set of outstanding organizations that are making real changes in the lives of children and families citywide. Without this initiative, hundreds of children may not have had access to early literacy programs, which can help open doors later in life. I want to thank Speaker Mark-Viverito and my colleagues in the Council for recognizing this and increasing the initiative’s funding this year. I am so impressed with what the groups have accomplished so far, and look forward to continuing to work with this transformative program,” said Council Member Antonio Reynoso.
“When the families we work with read together at home, it not only builds a foundation for academic success, it also strengthens the bond between parent and child, contributes to social and emotional health, and emphasizes the importance of lifelong learning,” said Reach Out and Read of Greater NY Executive Director Laurie Williams.