ADVISORY: Kaptur launches Read to Succeed initiative to increase early reading and prepare children for the future

March 30, 2017
Press Release
Kaptur to join pre-school children in Toledo, Lorain and Cleveland for a reading tour to kick-off initiative

TOLEDO - Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) is inviting parents, grandparents, caring adults, and youth from across Northern Ohio to participate in a new “Read to Succeed” challenge. “Read to Succeed” is an initiative to encourage children and adults to read together and in doing so, the community is ensuring that our youth are prepared to read. Experts say that a child should be well on their way to knowing 4,000 words by Kindergarten, and the “Read to Succeed” initiative will serve as a resource for our communities to make sure the children in our region begin their reading adventure as early as possible.

“Reading is a very important part of our lives, and our children’s success in school depends on it,” said Kaptur. “Taking just 20 minutes each day to read with children can have an important impact on academic success. This short time spent reading together will expose children to 1.8 million words every year, which will help prepare them to advance. Join us in the challenge and you can help ensure our children are prepared to read, as they discover the magic in books.”

WHEN:           Friday, March 31, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE:        Toledo Public Library, 325 Michigan Street, Toledo, Ohio 43604
WHO:             Rep. Kaptur and pre-school children

WHEN:           Friday, March 31, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
WHERE:        Lorain County Community Action Agency, Hopkins-Locke Head Start, 1050 Reid Avenue, Lorain, Ohio 44052
WHO:             Rep. Kaptur and children attending Hopkins-Locke Head Start

WHEN:           Friday, March 31, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.
WHERE:        The Centers for Families and Children, Gordon Square Early Learning Center, 5209 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44102
WHO:             Rep. Kaptur and children attending Gordon Square Early Learning Center


Additional information on the “Read to Succeed” initiative can be found here on Rep. Kaptur’s website.