Llama Llama Red Pajama: Closing The Achievement Gap in Early Childhood Education

Fighting the Achievement Gap in Early Childhood Education
Read for the Record - October 6th


On October 6, 2011, voices from across the nation called for an end to America's early education achievement gap by reading Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney – setting a world record in the process!

Founded by Jumpstart in Partnership with the Pearson Foundation in 2006, Read for the Record allows Americans to demand that all children receive the quality early education they deserve.

The campaign kicked off Thursday morning with a reading of this year's selected book, Llama Llama Red Pajama, on the Today Show. On that day, thousands of reading events were hosted by governors, mayors, schools, businesses, libraries, individuals and other organization.

United Way of the National Capital Area did its part by enlisting and placing volunteers in classrooms and child care facilities around the area. This effort will jumpstart our Million Readers, Tutors and Mentors Challenge, designed to engage the community in education through a variety of volunteer opportunities.

United Way NCA also participated in a Capitol Hill event as part of the Read for the Record campaign. From 10:00 am - noon the event centered around 2 groups of 45 children each from the Sunshine Early Learning Center alongside specially invited distinguished guests. The children were engaged in a variety of learning/play activities. Additionally attendees will read Llama Llama Red Pajama to individual kids or in small groups. United Way NCA President, Bill Hanbury (pictured) was there, along with members of congress, city council members and other local leaders to delight the children with this enchanting story.

You can join the cause by reading Llama Llama Red Pajama to your own kids, classroom or children's play group. The book is available to read online courtesy of We Give Books.

Sit down to read in your community. You’ll be standing up for children everywhere!


Promoting literacy is an ongoing imperative and takes many hands and many hearts to achieve.
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