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County use new program to combat issues with kindergarten readiness and promotion early childhood education
For immediate release:May 1, 2018For more information, contact:Dellia Hawthorne-Williams, Public Information OfficerPrince George’s County Health Department301-883-7835 / 240-417-8443Dee-Dee Bass Wilbon, Internal and External Affairs LiaisonPrince George’s County Department of Social Services301- 909-7073 / 240-508-9518Prince George’s County Executive, Local Leaders, Local Hospitals Launch New Partnership That Provides Families of Newborns with Books to Engage Early ReadingCounty use new program to combat issues with kindergarten readiness and promotion early childhood educationLARGO, MD – Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III will be joined by Dr. Monica Goldson, Deputy Superintendent, Division for Teaching and Learning, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, Prince George’s County Health Department, Prince George’s County Department of Social Services, University of Maryland Capital Region Health, and Medstar Southern Maryland Hospital as they kick-off the Smart Start for Babies program in Prince George’s County. The Smart Start for Babies program is designed to promote reading and early childhood education among new families by providing a portable crib, childcare resources, and a monthly book subscription.“We want to encourage learning as early as possible. Our data shows that many of our children start school not fully prepared for kindergarten,” said County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “By encouraging early reading and learning, we believe that we can close the gap and better ensure that all our children are starting school read to learn at grade-level.”WHAT:Smart Start for Babies Program Launch and Press ConferenceWHO:The Honorable Rushern L. Baker, III, County Executive, Prince George’s CountyDr. Monica Goldson, Deputy Superintendent, Division of Teaching and Learning, PrinceGeorge’s County Public SchoolsBetty Hager Francis, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Health, Human Services and EducationSamuel A. Epps, IV, President, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System Board of Library TrusteesPamela Creekmur, Health Officer, Prince George’s CountyGloria Brown Burnett, Director, Prince George’s County Department of Social ServicesElana Belon Butler, Director, Prince George’s County Department of Family ServicesDr. Sherry Perkins, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, University of Maryland Capital Region HealthDr. Nahid Mazarei, MD, Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medstar Southern Maryland HospitalWHEN:Thursday, May 3, 201810:30 a.m.WHERE:Prince George’s County Health DepartmentCheverly Health Center Atrium3003 Hospital DriveCheverly, Maryland 20785