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Child Care Aware® of America Supports Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Campaign

October 3, 2012

Arlington, VA-- Child Care Aware® of America joins Jumpstart, the Pearson Foundation and readers across the country today to celebrate Read for the Record, America’s largest shared reading experience.

Launched in 2006, the campaign brings together millions of people to celebrate literacy by breaking the world record for reading the same book on the same day. Last year, Jumpstart broke the world record by reading to 2,184,155 children around the world.

“Child Care Aware® of America is delighted to be a reading partner for this year’s Read for the Record Day,” said Ollie M. Smith, Child Care Aware® of America’s Interim Executive Director. “We support Jumpstart’s mission to help all children in America enter school prepared to succeed.”

Read for the Record’s 2012 Campaign Book is Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad by David Soman and Jacky Davis, about a girl named Lulu who gathers her friends for some imaginary fun. The book will be read at schools, libraries and countless special events from coast to coast today.

In 2006, Jumpstart launched the first Read for the Record campaign with the classic story The Little Engine that Could. Since 2006, the campaign has engaged 7 million children, raised more than $7 million for early education programs and provided more than 1,000,000 books for children in low-income neighborhoods.

Child Care Aware® of America is our nation's leading voice for child care. We work with more than 600 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to ensure that all families have access to quality, affordable child care. To achieve our mission, we lead projects that increase the quality and availability of child care professionals, undertake research, and advocate child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families. To learn more about Child Care Aware® of America and how you can join us in ensuring access to quality child care for all families, visit us at