Today at the Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library, Mayor Vincent Gray introduced the Sing, Talk and Read DC campaign alongside DC Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper, Interim State Superintendent of Education Emily Durso, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services BB Otero, and representatives from the State Early Childhood Development Coordinating Council. The campaign aims to show the importance and impact of early literacy and encourage parents and caregivers to prepare young children for when they begin school. It specifically “targets parents and caregivers of children from birth through 8 years of age and emphasizes the importance of weaving singing, talking and reading into daily activities with young children,” according to the official release from the Mayor’s office.
A highlight of the Mayor’s announcement was OSSE’s unveiling of the newest LearnDC section, which is dedicated to early childhood and early literacy. As the District’s one-stop online source of resources and information about education, the early learning webpages support positive and healthy development of young children. View our photo gallery below and visit www.LearnDC.org today.