Many of New York City’s children do not enter school with the tools that they need to succeed. As a city, we can close this achievement gap by surrounding children and families with opportunities that build strong foundations in early literacy.
Extending Mayor de Blasio’s efforts to enroll all NYC children in free full-day pre-kindergarten programs, the City’s First Readers initiative by the New York City Council provides resources for children, birth through age 5, that support early reading development. Together, these programs help make sure our city’s youngest residents begin school ready to be successful students.
The $1.5 million Early Childhood Literacy Initiative has been made possible by Council Member Stephen Levin, and Council Member Antonio Reynoso, under the leadership of Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.
We are excited to announce a donation from Phyllis E. Grann of more than 200,000 copies of her new children’s book, I Will Talk to You, Little One. These books will be distributed during the discharge process to families of newborns at hospitals serving high needs neighborhoods across New York City. A gift from Ms. Grann, the book conveys a message to parents about the importance of talking and reading to your baby from infancy to expand your child’s learning skills for life.