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City’s First Readers to Host Early Childhood Literacy Rally at City Hall on June 6 to Amplify Message for Increased Financial Support

Updated: May 24

$6.5 million request would expand vital literacy programming for the youngest New Yorkers 

The partners of the City’s First Readers (CFR) initiative and Council Member Jennifer Gutiérrez will host a rally on City Hall steps calling for $6.5 million in funding to support early childhood literacy programming in the Fiscal 2025 Adopted Budget. CFR harnesses the collective energy of 17 early literacy partners across all 51 NYC council districts, surrounding families and children with free community-driven programming that builds family literacy and a strong pre-reading foundation for children from birth through five. The rally message calls on the New York City Council and the Adams Administration to prioritize an investment of $6.5 million for the initiative, established by the City Council in 2014, to support the program’s capacity and expansion of services. In light of the stressors, trauma, and negative effects of the pandemic, the need to support families as early as possible with social-emotional learning and culturally responsive early learning programming has never been more critical. CFR partners work independently and as a collective to spread a literacy blanket across the entirety of the city, from hospitals and libraries to daycares and homes.

WHO: City’s First Readers Partners with Council Member Jennifer Gutiérrez 

WHAT: Rally to support City Council’s early childhood literacy initiative CFR 

WHEN: Thursday, June 6, 2024, Beginning at 9:00am

WHERE: City Hall Park Steps, New York, NY 10007


Emmanuel Novy, Chief of Strategic Initiatives,, 817-360-7075 



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