My regular readers know that I have worked for Jumpstart, an early childhood education organization, not once, not twice, but three different times during my illustrious career. The organization's pull on me has been strong for several reasons, but the most important has always been the mission, to ensure EVERY child in America enters school prepared to succeed.
Tomorrow marks the SIXTH annual Jumpstart's Read for the Record, during which more than TWO MILLION adults and children will read Llama Llama Red Pajama together across the country to bring attention to the importance of HIGH QUALITY early education for ALL children.
Please register to be counted as part of the new world record and check out the national coverage of the event on NBC's Today Show tomorrow morning (Thursday, October 6, 2011)!
This year, I'm reading to Henry's preschool class in the morning and taking Henry and Lucy to Starbucks to read it again in the afternoon. [Starbucks is having Read for the Record events at 26 locations in NY. Check HERE to see if you can go to one near you!] We might even read it again at bedtime just for kicks (don't worry, we will only count each one of us once).
And, if you want to see the personal impact and importance of the work Jumpstart does every day to address the early education crisis, please read THIS PIECE by a Jumpstart volunteer on The Huffington Post.