Elected Officials Help Kids Prepare for School Families Greeted by Legislators During Early Literacy Awareness Week

August 13, 2010

Assemblyman Crespo Joins Reach Out and Read of Greater NY and The Bella Vista Health center from Urban Health Plan, to read and promote healthy lifestyles for Bronx Kids.

(New York, NY) - Reading aloud to young children is one of the best ways to prepare them for school. Yet in New York State 35% of children enter Kindergarten without the basic language skills they need to start school ready to learn. This week, 13 elected officials met with families at New York health centers to remind them to read aloud to their kids every day.

The visits are part of the 2nd Annual Early Literacy Awareness Week, organized by Reach Out and Read of Greater New York, a non-profit that promotes school-readiness through reading. The New York legislators read aloud to children and toured Reach Out and Read Programs at area health centers. Doctors at health centers with Reach Out and Read give free age-appropriate books to children 6 months through 5 years old during check-ups, and give parents advice about language development and reading aloud to their kids.

"It was a pleasure and honor to read stories to the children of the Hunts Point community. I commend the organizers for their joint effort to promote healthy minds and bodies for the children and families of the South Bronx, said NYS Assemblyman Marcos Crespo. Over the course of the month over 25 elected officials, including US Congressional Representatives, NYS Assembly Members and Senators, and City Council Members, are visiting programs in New York.