The World Literacy Foundation: Bringing Early Literacy and Learning to Laundromats across the US, UK and Australia

The World Literacy Foundation: Bringing Early Literacy and Learning to Laundromats across the US, UK and Australia

Paul is the owner of a Laundromat in the southside of Chicago. He is waving an arm at the young children playing with blocks, reading books to one another, and playing with puppets. “This is what making a difference means in my community.” Paul was referencing the installed “pop up library , part of the national USA Reads/WLF initiative. For the past eight years laundromats across the USA. UK and Australia we  have been lifting  the foundational literacy skills in highly disadvantaged regions to help kids discover the joy of reading.

The evidence tells us that the highest rates of illiteracy are in the poorest communities with few people visiting a public library or owning books said Andrew Kay CEO World Literacy Foundation.

“We believe that meeting children in safe and friendly places are critical to reducing barriers and increasing access to books and early literacy support, “ says Mr Kay.  “Bringing books, fun and educational play into places like laundromats where families have a long wait time is just common sense,”  “Most families have limited time during the week. But when they are at the laundromat — an everyday space they frequent with regularity — there is a wonderful opportunity to engage the young children and their parents in critical early literacy activities,” Mr Kay states.

Early Literacy and Learning to Laundromats“Laundries are hubs in communities, and being able to connect those hubs to seeing kids develop a love and habit for reading is our mission, our passion, and duty. We empower parent’s to be their child’s first teacher and read books at home each day.
 “The furniture, toys, books and early literacy tools are all proven to be effective, safe, and fun for kids to learn.” The nooks and pop up libraries  come in a variety of sizes, appropriate to fit into, say, the footprint of a commercial washing machine, or large enough to provide a parent and child couch — perfect for reading or playing together. One thing is constant for all the kids: new books which arrive on a monthly basis. Laundromat owner Paul, says, “The kids know when I am going to bring the new books out and eagerly await the boxes coming!”

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