Mobile library delights preschoolers

Kids from Family Centers’ Gateway Preschool enjoy a recent visit from the Greenwich Alliance for Education’s Storymobile.

Kids from Family Centers’ Gateway Preschool enjoy a recent visit from the Greenwich Alliance for Education’s Storymobile.

When the students at Family Centers’ four preschool sites see Greenwich Alliance for Education’s Storymobile they know they’re in for a special treat.

While many of the kids are just excited to listen to some of their favorite stories once inside the brightly colored bus, the ultimate goal is to expose preschoolers to the early literacy skills that are vital to future academic success.

“The way the Storymobile presents books using props and with high level on enthusiasm for what they are reading really makes reading a fun activity for the children,” said Megan Sweeney, Family Centers’ director of Early Care and Education and Head Start.

Since 2008, the Storymobile has visited Family Centers’ Gateway Preschool, Arch Street Preschool and its Head Start/School Readiness program at Armstrong Court regularly so that each child comes aboard twice monthly. The Greenwich Alliance for Education has also run a weekly, month-long summer program for the Head Start/School Readiness program for the past five years. The alliance also provides each child enrolled in its summer program with free books to help build their home libraries.

The Storymobile has visited the Family Centers preschools more than 300 times since 2008, reaching more than 700 children thus far.

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