DANBURY, Conn. (December 12, 2013) — United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC) is proud to announce the launch of its Ready, Set Let’s Read! program, an early childhood education initiative that places volunteers in preschool classrooms serving disadvantaged children to read with them every week. Currently UWWC has 20 community volunteers in 16 preschool classrooms at two Danbury preschools, Head Start of Northern Fairfield County and The Salvation Army’s The Right Place School Readiness Center. UWWC has screened, trained and matched volunteers to the classrooms.
WHAT: UWWC will host a book presentation to Danbury children enrolled in the Head Start program in honor of its Ready, Set Let’s Read! program. Volunteers will read a book to the class and present children with a book to take home. The press is invited to attend.
WHEN: Thursday, December 19th at 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
WHERE: Danbury Head Start - 37 Foster Street, Danbury, CT
ON-SITE CONTACT: Deirdra Wallin, Volunteer Mobilization Coordinator, UWWC
BACKGROUND: Ready, Set Let’s Read! supports preschools serving disadvantaged children in preparing them for kindergarten by placing volunteers in their classrooms each week to read books with the children. Research shows that children who are not reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. Danbury children on the Free Lunch Program are performing more than 25 percentage points behind their peers on 3rd-Grade Reading CMTS; ELL students are performing 40 percentage points behind their peers. Volunteers in the classrooms will assist teachers and families in fostering a love of reading.