Through our work in the communities of western Massachusetts, it’s clear to us that most schools and educational/community organizations are focusing in some way on literacy. Last June, “Turning the Page: Refocusing Massachusetts for Reading Success” was released, summarizing the need to focus our state on reading proficiency by third grade. With great work from Cherish Every Child among many other partners, a blueprint was developed for Springfield to raise reading success in our school children before fourth grade.
The goal of attaining 80% proficiency in Springfield by 2016 is an ambitious goal. Because of this, WGBY is interested to hear about events and activities going on through your schools and libraries geared toward early literacy: both in Springfield and beyond. For example, on March 5th, WGBY has partnered with Community Partnerships for Children at their Early Childhood Fair focused on Dr. Seuss. Along with fun family friendly activities like zumba and a green eggs and ham breakfast, the fair focuses on the late, great Dr. Seuss and his contributions to literature. The event will be held from 9am-noon at the East Longmeadow Council on Aging. To view the event flyer, click here.
One of the most important things we can do is to continue the dialogue about this important effort. To check out a great blog that focuses on ongoing advocacy for early childhood education here in Massachusetts, visit Eye on Early Education.
Share with us your community events or school projects; we’d love to help in any way possible.