Nov. 19, 2007 | Not all children are fortunate enough to have a bookcase filled with their favorite books, but a group of community leaders is working to change that.
Founded by nationally syndicated columnist Jim Davidson of
The Bookcase Project began in
Head Start and Early Head Start centers in
“We are thrilled to participate in the Bookcase Project,” said Mary Kaye McKinney, director of UAMS Head Start/Early Head Start program. “Early language and literacy development are vital parts of the Head Start program. Knowing that many of our students will have books to enjoy at home is an important step in their early childhood education.”
The first participating UAMS Head Start center in
A “Read-in” event was held on Nov. 13 at the Pine Head Start Center to kick off the North Little Rock Bookcase Project and to recognize Children’s Book Week.
Bookcase Project volunteers are needed to donate books, build bookcases and read to students. For information, call
Since 1998, UAMS has operated the Pulaski County Head Start and Early Head Start program, which serves 1,130 children from birth through kindergarten at 23 facilities across the county. Ninety percent of the families with children enrolled in Head Start are at or below the 100 percent poverty level. In addition to a preschool curriculum, Head Start services include dental care, nutrition services, mental health services and referrals for community resources. For more information about the UAMS Head Start Program, call (501)570-5000.