St. Augustine Woman's Journal - Educational Resource to the Women of St. Johns County Since 2009

By Joan Whitson
Early Literacy Outreach Manager, Early Learning Coalition of North Florida 

elc hosts week of early literacy featuring dr seuss


April 1, 2017 | View PDF

ELC volunteers Ginny Dozier and Erika Bauserman with special guest the Cat in the Hat reading the book "Ten Apples Up on Top" by Dr. Seuss to children at Brighton Day Academy in St. Augustine

Every year, the Early Learning coalition of North Florida (ELC) celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with a week-long event to help promote early literacy. This year, between February 27 and March 3, ELC hosted seven Dr. Seuss-themed literacy programs in local childcare centers.

The program consisted of a story time with special guest the "Cat in the Hat," followed by other Dr. Seuss related activities and every child in attendance received a free Dr. Seuss book. Every daycare center also received a bag of assorted Dr. Seuss books and activities for their classroom.

The programs, conducted by ELC staff and volunteers, were planned at ELC's Early Educators Conference in January and the centers had been chosen by a random drawing.

"Celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday by providing these programs is always a highlight for me," said Joan Whitson, ELC's Early Literacy Outreach Manager. "His books are timeless and it is fun to see the young generation as excited about his books as the older generation."

The seven aforementioned centers included: Sugar N Spice and First Kids Learning Center in Clay County; Children's Academy of Interlachen and Stay N Play in Putnam County; and Bartram Academy, Brighton Day Academy and Castlebrook Learning Center in St. Johns County.

Studies show that the best opportunity to influence our children's lifetime learning is before kindergarten when their most rapid period of brain growth occurs. Instilling an early love for reading is crucial to children's future success in school.

Our mission is to serve parents, caregivers, and educators of children by managing and evaluating early childhood education programs through a quality school readiness delivery system in North Florida.

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