The Early Literacy 100 Book Challenge had an extremely successful 2014-15 year, as 247 children from 20 early learning centers' classrooms read 38,337 books! The pre-literacy program encourages families to read to their children every day, which research tells us is the best way to prepare them for success in school. The programs that participated include the Crispus Attucks Early Learning Center, Eastern Branch of the YMCA of York and York County, Family Literacy Program (School District of the City of York), Hanover Area YMCA, YMCA of York and York County, York Day Nursery, York Jewish Community Center, and YWCA York.
October 2015 will kick off the start of the 2015-16 program year. Donations for this year’s challenge were received through book drives as a part of the United Way’s Day of Action volunteer event in June 2015. Various companies and individuals donated more than 1600 books, giving children who will participate in the program a good variety of books for learning opportunities.
The 2015-16 program year marks the 11th Anniversary of the Early Literacy 100 Book Challenge. Since its start in 2005, 128 total classrooms have participated in the program.