For Immediate Release: September 19, 2019
Contact: [email protected]
City of Milwaukee Office of Early Childhood Initiatives, LaundryCares Foundation, and Too Small to Fail to Unveil Family Read, Play & Learn Spaces in Laundromats
The spaces, located in laundromats throughout Milwaukee, will be the first in the state
MILWAUKEE – The City of Milwaukee’s Office of Early Childhood Initiatives (OECI), the LaundryCares Foundation, and Too Small to Fail, the early childhood initiaitve of the Clinton Foundation, will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil a new "Family Read, Play & Learn" space. The space, to be installed into Riverworks Coin Laundry, will be the first unveiling of spaces in laundromats across Milwaukee designed to help families turn laundry time into learning opportunities for children. These spaces are the first to be created in the state of Wisconsin as part of a community wide effort to meet families where they are.
What: A ribbon-cutting event to unveil one of several "Family Read, Play & Learn" spaces housed in laudromats across Milwaukee as part of the national "Wash Time is Talk Time" initiative launched by Too Small to Fail and the LaundryCares Foundation. The family-friendly play space in Riverworks Coin Laundry will be equipped with high-quality books and literacy-rich materials to support the early brain and language development of children in Milwaukee.
Who: Brief remarks will be made by:
• Mayor Tom Barrett, City of Milwaukee
• Ms. Dea Wright, Office of Early Childhood Initiatives
• Alderman Cavalier “Chevy” Johnson, City of Milwaukee Common Council
• Mr. Dan Naumann, LaundryCares Foundation
• Mr. Darryl Johnson, Riverworks Development Corporation
When: Friday, Sept. 20, 2019
1:00 – 1:30 pm
Where: Riverworks Coin Laundry
3334 N. Holton Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Visual opportunities will include public remarks, cutting of a ribbon to unveil the “Family Read, Play & Learn” space, children and families engaging in literacy-rich activities within the space, and families doing laundry. Interviews will be available for Mayor Barrett, Ms. Wright, Alderman Johnson, Mr. Naumann, and Mr. Johnson and users of the “Family Read, Play & Learn” space of the laundromat.
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About the City of Milwaukee Office of Early Childhood Initiatives (OECI):
The City of Milwaukee’s Office of Early Childhood Initiatives (OECI) works collaboratively to ensure that all Milwaukee children ages zero to three years old have access to high quality learning environments and are prepared for academic, social-emotional, and lifelong success.
About LaundryCares Foundation:
LaundryCares was established in 2006 by the Coin Laundry Association (CLA). Members were looking for a way to band together and offer support to those who have supported their businesses. LaundryCares was established as a charitable foundation (501c-3) which is administered by CLA. The mission of the foundation is to provide laundry services and education to those in need. Learn more at https://laundrycares.org.
About Too Small to Fail:
Too Small to Fail, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, is leading a public awareness and action campaign to promote the importance of early brain and language development and to empower parents with tools to talk, read, and sing with their young children from birth. Today, almost 60 percent of children in the United States start kindergarten unprepared, lagging behind their peers in critical language and reading skills. Through partnerships with pediatricians, hospitals, faith-based leaders, community based organizations, businesses, entertainment industry leaders, and others, Too Small to Fail is meeting parents where they are to help them prepare their children for success in school and beyond. Whether at the pediatrician's office or the playground, Too Small to Fail aims to make small moments big by creating opportunities for meaningful interactions anytime, anywhere. Learn more at http://toosmall.org.