Childrens Museum of Atlanta Hosts Read for the Record Event

Children's Museum of Atlanta continues to make the importance of children their top priority. Reading is something that not only enhances comprehension and overall intelligence, but it's also something that many underprivileged children miss out on due to lack of circumstance. Children's Museum of Atlanta is hosting an event that is all about the importance of early education and seeking to rectify it through the help of the Read for the Record event. Jumpstart's Read for the Record , presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, will take place at The Children's Museum of Atlanta on Thursday, October 3 rd from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Jumpstart's Read for the Record is an annual reading celebration that highlights the need for quality early education in America by mobilizing adults and children to set a record for the largest shared reading experience. On Thursday, October 3 rd , 200 children from at-risk and underserved Atlanta neighborhood preschools will join Jumpstart staff, Corps members, volunteers and guests to read this year's Read for the Record book, " Otis ," by Loren Long.

"Jumpstart's Read for the Record is a call to action to Americans to recognize the importance of quality early education, especially for our most vulnerable children," said Karen Kelly, director of exhibits and education. "The Children's Museum of Atlanta is proud to support this campaign in Atlanta because we are committed to helping young children learn through play and get an early start to their love of learning through reading." Since the campaign's inception in 2006, more than nine million people have joined local Jumpstart's Read for the Record reading celebrations.

Jumpstart has raised more than $8 million to support its year-round work in preschools in low-income neighborhoods. About The Children's Museum of Atlanta The Children's Museum of Atlanta is a smart place to play and a non-profit organization offering a family-friendly space filled with interactive, educational exhibits and programming for children ages eight and under. The Museum's mission is to spark imagination and inspire discovery and learning for all children through the power of play. The Museum's four permanent learning zones consist of bright, creative, hands-on exhibits that are designed to give children an opportunity to learn through play. The Children's Museum of Atlanta also offers parties, memberships, field trips, summer camp, and private events. Museum hours: Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed Wednesdays mid-August through mid-June. Open Wednesdays during peak weeks during the holidays, spring, and summer. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day; open until 1:00 PM Christmas Eve. Please check the Museum website to confirm hours of operation. Admission is $12.75 plus tax for ages 1 - 100; children under 1 receive free admission.

The Children's Museum is located in the Luckie Marietta District at 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW. For more information or to support The Children's Museum of Atlanta, visit their website at www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org or call 404.659.KIDS [5437]. About Jumpstart Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Jumpstart delivers a research-based and cost-effective program by training college students and community volunteers to serve preschool-age children in low-income neighborhoods. Through a proven curriculum, these children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for school, setting them on a path for lifelong success. Jumpstart is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. Learn more at www.jstart.org. Learn more about Jumpstart's Read for the Record at www.jstart.org/readfortherecord . For more information about the author, Danielle Jennings, please visit my Google+ profile page.