U.S. Department of Education Senior Advisor on Early Learning Jacqueline Jones will read with local preschool children and deliver remarks about the Race To The Top-Early Learning Challenge and the importance of early literacy at Jumpstart’s Read for the Record event to be held on Oct. 6, at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C.
Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign brings national attention to the importance of early education by organizing the world’s largest celebration of reading and community service. The 2010 Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign broke the world record for the number of adults and children reading the same book on the same day. This year, Jumpstart anticipates that over 2.5 million young children will read the 2011 campaign book, Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama Red Pajama.
To combat the crisis in early literacy, Jumpstart brings college students and community volunteers together with preschool children in low-income communities for year-long, individualized tutoring and mentoring to help prepare them for school and for life.