We are very honored to be part of a community that cares so deeply about early childhood literacy. The passion is evident in the numerous organizations that share the mission with us of providing resources and education to parents and children on the importance of reading together and making that practice a habit every day.
We wanted to outline for you here three partner-driven events we participated in this month. Each offered ROR GNY the opportunity partner with like-minded organizations and reach deep into the community to connect with families who benefit from the support.
We are a proud longstanding participant in a citywide initiative created by the New York City Council promoting early childhood literacy called City’s First Readers. In early August, CFR hosted a literacy celebration for children and local families at the Hunts Point Recreation Center in the South Bronx.
The literacy celebration brought together the nine partners in the initiative and families in order to spread the word about the City’s First Readers initiative. The goal of the program is 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 the Bronx 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.
We are one of nine organizations that partner to support the City’s First Readers initiative.
ROR GNY participated in the Queens Hospital Center Get Caught Reading Event, which was attended by over 40 families. The event was held in the hospital pavilion and included resources from Reach Out and Read, Queens Library, Healthfirst, MetroPlus, and NY Fire Department, among others. Children were also able to get their faces painted.
Staff in the hospital read aloud to the children and published author, Adele Dacken, read her book Little Lambs, Little Lambs. The Reach Out and Read program at Queens Hospital Center serves about 2100 children annually and is a part of the South Jamaica Reads initiative.
Reach Out and Read of Greater New York Regional Program Coordinator, Luba Margai and Communications Intern, Mallory Croak presented a table at a Baby Shower held for expecting mothers at Woodhull Medical Center.
About 60 mothers received new books from Reach Out and Read for their newborns and their siblings, while other organizations distributed diaper bags, items from Babies ‘R’ Us, and other materials and resources.
Mothers were also able to tour the maternity ward of Woodhull Medical Center and learn more about what to expect when they arrived to give birth. The Reach Out and Read program at Woodhull Medical Center serves about 4400 children annually.