Joan Whitson, Early Literacy Coordinator
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The Cat in the Hat Visits the Ravine Gardens for Early Literacy
PALATKA, Fla., March 16, 2022 – He’s back! The Cat in the Hat made a special visit to Ravine Gardens for a literacy event put on by the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida (ELC) on Friday, March 11, 2022. Called “Dr. Suess at the Ravines,” thelocal Putnam County preschools event had a special story time program featuring the Cat in the Hat followed by an activity time centered around different Dr. Suess books. This event was in celebration of literacy week, held annually in the first part of March, in celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday.
Activities included making Fox in Sox puppets, playing in a Green Eggs and Ham Sensory Bin, stacking red and white cups for the Cat in the Hat, creating a personalized foot book and playing a fishing game to go along with the book One Fish Two Fish. Each child received a FREE Dr. Seuss book and each classroom received a teacher bag full of Dr. Seuss themed resources for their classroom. The ELC of North Florida believes focusing on early literacy is the key to a child’s future success.
“Local ELC literacy volunteers running all the activities made the event happen,” said Joan Whitson ELC Outreach Manager. Many of these volunteers also read regularly in local preschools. For more information about volunteering with the ELC of North Florida, please contact Joan Whitson at [email protected].
The ELC of North Florida provides child care assistance to families who meet certain income requirements and who are working or going back to school. This school readiness program is designed to increase a child’s chance of achieving future educational success. The ELC also administers and manages Florida’s FREE VPK (voluntary pre-kindergarten program for four-year-olds).
For more information about the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida and its programs and services, please visit, www.elcnorthflorida.org or call 904-342-2267.
The Early Learning Coalition is the leading voice in six counties for child care. ELC works with many other local agencies to ensure that all families have access to quality, affordable child care. Their mission is achieved by leading projects that increase the quality and availability of child care professionals, and advocate child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families. To learn more about the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida and how we assist in ensuring quality child care for all families, visit us at www.elcnorthflorida.org. Sponsorship by the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida and the state of Florida, Division of Early Learning.
Photo #1 – Angela Hough, director of God’s Little Creations Child Care Center in Palatka enjoys the Cat in the Hat Cup stacking game with her children as part of the Early Learning Coalition’s Early Literacy Outreach Program in March 2022.
Photo #2 – Children enjoying the Cat in the Hat Story time at Ravine Gardens in Palatka as part of the Early Learning Coalition’s Early Literacy Outreach Program in March 2022.
Photo #3 – Beverly Robinson, director of A Child’s Safe Haven pictured with her children all decked out as The Cat in the Hat as part of the Early Learning Coalition’s Early Literacy Outreach Program in March 2022.