Students at the Child & Parent Development Center at Mississippi University for Women will join millions of readers for Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Day Thursday, Oct. 26.

President Miller reading to CPDC

At 9 a.m., guest reader Erinn Holloway, instructor of Spanish, and CPDC students will participate in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, the world’s largest shared reading experience that celebrates and supports children’s early language and social-emotional development.

The selected 2023 Read for the Record Book is “With Lots of Love” written by Jenney Torres Sanchez and illustrated by André Ceolin. The story is about a girl who has moved to the United States from her home in Central America, away from everything she leaves behind and longs for- especially her Abuela.

Rose Ford, an instructor and Jumpstart program site manager at The W’s School of Education, said, “This global campaign increases awareness about the critical importance of early literacy and makes high-quality books accessible to children in underserved communities or families. Jumpstart has been doing this across the United States for 18 years. This year’s selection is a beautiful story about family, finding ways to stay connected and sharing love across distances.”

After the reading sessions, CPDC students will be guided through reading and language-developing activities by university speech-language pathology graduate students.

“This collaboration with CPDC and Jumpstart will allow the SLP students an opportunity to engage with typically developing children, children at risk for speech and language delays, and children identified with speech and language delays,” said Dr. Cotton, assistant professor of speech-language pathology

Jumpstart’s Read for the Record event– a day of celebration and fun– builds an intergenerational community through reading and raises awareness around the critical importance of early literacy and access to inclusive literature that fosters belonging and connection by reflecting children’s own experiences as well as showing the experiences of others.

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Located in historic Columbus, Mississippi, The W was founded in 1884 as the first state-supported college for women in the United States. Today, the university is home to 2,227 students in more than 70 majors and concentrations and has educated men for 40 years. The university is nationally recognized for low student debt, diversity and social mobility which empowers students to BE BOLD.

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