OCO Head Start To Host Community Family Literacy Nights

FULTON, NY – Oswego County Opportunities Head Start program invites parents and children, birth to second grade, throughout Oswego County to attend a Community Family Literacy Night.

Oswego County Opportunities Head Start Program will host  Community Family Literacy nights at several locations throughout Oswego County. Enjoying the Pete the Cat, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star book are from left: Willamina Barrow, David Barrows-Waters, Jalyn Ferris and Miles LaFave.
Oswego County Opportunities Head Start Program will host Community Family Literacy nights at several locations throughout Oswego County. Enjoying the Pete the Cat, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star book are from left: Willamina Barrow, David Barrows-Waters, Jalyn Ferris and Miles LaFave.

Head Start’s Community Family Literacy Nights are filled with fun activities based on well-known children’s books.

The theme for the current literacy nights is based on the well-known Pete The Cat books.

Inspired by the works of acclaimed illustrator James Dean, and featuring text and lyrics by Eric Litwin, Pete The Cat books follow the many adventures of Pete the Cat.

Beth Kazel, director of OCO Education Services said that the uniqueness of the Pete The Cat books make them a real treat for the children.

“The Pete The Cat series is much more than just books. Many have the added dimension of music and lyrics. While they are interesting and fun to read the interaction encouraged by the musical aspect adds a lot more to the experience,” she said.

According to Dean, the appeal of the Pete The Cat books lies in the fact that these books are written with the knowledge that all children learn differently.

The author and illustrator blend traditional reading methods such as phonics and sight words with multi-sensory techniques such as music and movement that helps every child learn to read and love books.

Head Start’s Community Family Literacy Nights will include a number of art, musical and self-guided activities for children birth to second grade.

Additionally, all families will receive the new Pete The Cat book (while supplies last) and each child will enjoy a Pete The Cat snack.

The schedule for OCO Head Start’s Family Literacy Nights is as follows:

Discovery Learning Center (80 County Route. 59, Phoenix) – April 14, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Williamstown Center (2910A County Route 17 North, Bldg. A) – April 14, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Oswego Center (Fort Ontario, Building 31, 45 Schuyler St.) – April 14, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Fulton (All Saints Church, 153 S. First St.) – April 14, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Cleveland, (48-B State Route 49) – April 14, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Fairgrieve Elementary School (716 Academy St., Fulton – cafeteria and classroom) – April 14, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Head Start, which is available for children age 3 and 4, operates throughout the school year and provides children with comprehensive education, health, and nutrition services.

With a goal of school readiness Head Start’s teachers and staff combine hands-on learning, active play, and nutritious meals and snacks to create a well-rounded learning experience.

Head Start provides quality programming for children and their parents while creating an enjoyable atmosphere that’s conducive to learning.

Head Start teachers utilize a research based curriculum that makes learning fun, and there is ample time for physical and recreational activities.

“I invite families with young children, birth to second grade, throughout Oswego County to attend one of our Community Family Literacy Nights for a fun evening of reading and activities and to learn more about Head Start and the many benefits it has to offer,” Kazel said.

Provided at no cost to families, Head Start is available to families with incomes at or below federally set guidelines and accepts applications for enrollment year round.

Those interested in learning more about Head Start or applying for enrollment, may call 315-598-4711, toll free at 1-800-359-1171 or visit www.oco.org

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