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Oklahoma State Legislators Read to Children on Legislative Read Day

Oklahoma – April 4, 2014 – Friday, April 11th is designated as Oklahoma’s Legislative Read Day 2014.  State Senators and Representatives across Oklahoma will be promoting early literacy by reading to children in Head Start, Educare, and child care centers across Oklahoma.  Legislators will be reading at Oklahoma City Educare, and in centers in Ada, Bartlesville, Duncan, Durant, Enid, Muskogee and Woodward.

 

“Legislative Read Day 2014 is a great opportunity to promote the importance of sharing books with children to support literacy development and school readiness,” Debra Andersen, Executive Director, Smart Start Oklahoma said.

This event is being coordinated through Oklahoma Champions for Early Opportunities (OKCEO), a network of business leaders in Oklahoma who support and promote investments in quality early childhood programs.  The OKCEO network is sponsored by the Potts Family Foundation, Smart Start Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Business Roundtable.  Reach Out and Read Oklahoma has also partnered this year by supporting the initiative and selecting books for the legislators to read in the centers. 

 

“Legislators will have a chance to participate in high-quality early childhood programs and learn first-hand the benefits to improving the quality of early learning in Oklahoma,” Pat Potts, President and CEO of Potts Family Foundation said, “Parents reading to children from birth increases vocabulary development and communication skills for a lifetime of learning by reading.“

 

Children at the events will receive a free book and a tip sheet for their parents. The tip sheets are based off of notable early learning specialist Ellen Galinsky’s book Mind in the Making, which details “Seven Essential Life Skills” children need to develop in order to be successful in school and life.

 

Legislative Read Day takes place during Week of the Young Child, which is April 6-11. This is  proclaimed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Governor Mary Fallin, and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, among many others. State-level initiatives such as Child Abuse Prevention Day at the Capitol and local initiatives aim to celebrate young children during this week.

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Contact:

Alexandra Bohannon
Alexandra.bohannon@smartstartok.org
421 NW 13th Street, Suite 270
OKC, OK, 73103
405.278.6978

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