NEW YORK (July 20, 2017) — Excitement was in the air as families across New York City came together for the City’s First Readers’ (CFR) Literacy Celebration at the Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn, NY this month. Jumpstart joined up with several other CFR partners to help hundreds of young readers enjoy a morning of fun literacy activities. In between featured speakers and storybook read-alouds, Jumpstart volunteers distributed Jumpstart Literacy Kits to all 70 families in attendance, which included a book and take-home literacy activity.
City’s First Readers is a citywide initiative of the New York City Council that fosters the literacy development of NYC children, ages 0-5 by offering free resources and programming to children, families, and communities. New York City Council Members Stephen Levin and Antonio Reynoso were also in attendance at the event, showing their support for the City’s First Readers Initiative and its partner organizations, like Jumpstart.
As Council Member Levin said, “Investment in early childhood literacy provides a foundation for all our City’s children to succeed, especially those typically left behind.” Jumpstart was proud to take part in this great event celebrating early literacy, and thrilled to be able to help New York families’ create and grow home libraries for their children.