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The Cat in the Hat is on the Loose in North Florida for Early Literacy
ST.AUGUSTINE, Fla., March 23, 2022 – The Cat in the Hat was on the loose in North Florida during the month of March. In celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, March 2, the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida (ELC) selected several of its counties’ child-care centers and preschools to receive a Dr. Seuss program in their school.
The Dr. Seuss Program, led by ELC staff and volunteers, consists of a story time with special guest “The Cat in the Hat” followed by various activities relating to Dr. Seuss books. Each child receives a free copy of the book “Ten Apples Up on Top”. Teachers receive a resource bag filled with a set of eight Dr. Seuss books and other related teaching materials.
At the ELC’s Early Educators Conference January 29, 2022, ELC awarded the following schools with the program: O2bkids Palencia and O2bkids South location in St. Augustine; Kinder Care and Kids Campus in Orange Park, and Fleming Island High School Child Care in Fleming Island. (See photo links below.)
“Promoting early literacy is a priority mission for us at the Early Learning Coalition,” said ELC’s Literacy Outreach Manager Joan Whitson. “Getting children excited about books and making sure that all children have them can make all the difference in their success in school all during their lives.
The Early Learning Coalition of North Florida would like to thank its many volunteers who come out and help with these themed literacy programs as well as read to children weekly in local preschools.”
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.
Sponsorship by the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida and the state of Florida, Division of Early Learning.
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Photo #1 – Children from O2bkids South Preschool in St. Augustine with their teacher Diana Casillas and the Cat in the Hat were awarded a Dr. Seuss Program brought by the Early Learning Coalition’s Early Literacy Outreach Program in March 2022.
Photo #2 – Kinder Care in Fleming Island with the Cat in the Hat were awarded a Dr. Seuss Program brought by the Early Learning Coalition’s Early Literacy Outreach Program in March 2022.
Photo #3: Fleming Island High School Eaglets with teachers Ms. Vinson and Ms. Fish were awarded a Dr. Seuss Program brought by the Early Learning Coalition’s Early Literacy Outreach Program in March 2022.