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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: February 14, 2018
Contact: Abby Bordner
Cell: (505) 919-9153
Email: abbyb@uwsfc.org

United Way of Santa Fe County Celebrates Reading on Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

UWSFC will promote the National Education Association’s Read Across American Campaign with snacks, activities, and a book exchange.

Santa Fe, NM – The National Education Association’s Read Across America campaign to promote reading is celebrated annually on Dr. Seuss’s birthday. UWSFC will celebrate the event with snacks, a free book exchange and fun activities for young children and their families on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. until noon at the United Way Early Learning Center at Aspen: 3164 Agua Fria Road, Santa Fe New Mexico, 87507

Activities at this annual, bilingual event include a reading circle, music, magician, and toddler-oriented craft. Friends and family are encouraged to give gently used children’s books. To donate, please drop off anytime between February 23rd at March 2nd at the United Way Early Learning Center at Agua Fria.

UWSFC strives to emphasize the importance of reading to children, every day, beginning at birth. Studies show that reading has meaningful, measurable impact on brain development and memory. Reading hones skills such as language development, communication, and listening, making sure that children begin kindergarten ready-to-learn and are successful throughout their academic careers.

 “Reading to young children is very important for their brain development and success in school,” Katherine Freeman, CEO, United Way of Santa Fe County, “We are proud to host this event, in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday.”

UNITED WAY OF SANTA FE COUNTY BACKGROUND

Early childhood education and care is the sole mission of United Way of Santa Fe County, with a commitment to ensuring that every child receives an opportunity to succeed in school and in life. UWSFC is committed to engaging the entire community, bringing together people and resources to create opportunities for children and families to achieve their dreams and aspirations.

Beginning in 2004, UWSFC has served approximately 6,000 families by using a two-generation approach, supporting both the children and families in a series of high-quality early childhood programs designed to prepare children to enter kindergarten ready to succeed.

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Brains are built and grow through touch, talk, sight and sound in early childhood experiences. This experiential learning starts long before a child steps foot into kindergarten and is strengthened through regular interaction and stimulation in the home and in quality early learning settings.

Our home visitors encourage parents to read, sing, talk, and interact with their babies. The First Born Program® has a set curriculum to teach parents the value of multiple positive interactions a day.

During the first five years, a child’s brain is at its most flexible, making this a critical period for learning and growth. Science tells us that children who face adversity in the first years of life, especially those in low-income households, are more at risk for experiencing damage to their brain architecture, which can lead to lifelong problems in learning, behavior, and physical and mental health. Prevention through high-quality early learning and home visiting provide the support children need to build a foundation for a healthy and productive future. Waiting until kindergarten is too late—children who receive quality early education demonstrate greater cognitive and socio-emotional growth than children who do not.

Consider the following:

  • More than one million new neural connections are formed every second in the first few years of life. 
  • 90% of a child’s brain physical volume develops as early as five years old. 
  • The brain is most flexible and adaptable to learning during the earliest years of life. 
  • Children who face greater adversity, like living with abuse or neglect, are at far greater risk for delays in their cognitive, language, or emotional development. 
  • The brains of babies and young children require stable, caring, interactive relationships with adults for healthy brain development to take place. 

United Way of Santa Fe County has the sole mission of providing early childhood education opportunities to all children in Santa Fe County. Through home visiting and high-quality PreK, as well as other innovative program, we strive to give all children a great start in school and life.