Pre-K Teams Up with Rep. Adolph and The Cat in the Hat in Celebration of ‘Read Across America’

Capitol Caravan Rolls in From Pittsburgh


HARRISBURG (March 2, 2015)– Pre-K for PA teamed up today with Rep. William Adolph and Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat to celebrate the sixteenth annual National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America Day.

In celebration, Rep. William Adolph joined The Cat in the Hat in reading Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham in the Capitol Rotunda to a group of preschool students from Harrisburg’s Hansel & Gretel Early Learning Center.

“An early love of reading is one of the most important qualities we can impress upon our young learners,” said Rep. Adolph. “Preschoolers, in particular, have the most to gain from being read to both at home and at school. There’s no better way to help a 3- or 4-year old prepare for a successful future than with a solid foundation of reading.”

Research has proven that reading to a young child is an important factor in future academic achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a division of the U.S. Department of Education, children who are read to frequently are more likely to count to 20 or higher, write their own names and read or pretend to read than those who were not.

Pre-K for PA supporters from partner organization Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC) hit the halls of the Capitol today to kick off a three-day Capitol Caravan. As part of the ongoing statewide Caravan effort, parents and early childhood educators deliver Pre-K for PA Education Kits to members of the legislature in support of its mission to expand access to high-quality pre-k for all of Pennsylvania’s 3- and 4-year-olds.

Read Across America Day, which celebrates Dr. Seuss’s birthday and the joys of reading, expects more than 45 million readers, both young and old, to pick up a book and read today.

Pre-K for PA is an issue campaign supported by individuals and organizations across Pennsylvania who believe that investing in our children is the right choice and an urgent necessity. Our vision is that every 3- and 4-year-old in Pennsylvania will have access to high-quality pre-k. We will not endorse nor oppose candidates, but rather we will advocate on behalf of this vision for Pennsylvania’s children, schools and communities. For more information www.prekforpa.org.

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