Rainbow Child Development Center in Worcester celebrated El Día De Los Niños/El Día De Los Libros (children’s day/book day) by having volunteers read to preschoolers and toddlers on Wednesday, April 30. Volunteers include, Gladys Rodriguez-Parker, Director of Community and Intergovernmental Relations from Congressman James P. McGovern’s Office, Worcester Police Officer Gerald O’Connor, Worcester City Council Philip P. Palmieri, Ann E. Brown ,and Pamela Reidy, who are both on Rainbow’s Advisory Board.
The event was one of many taking place across the country promoting bilingual literacy, bridge cultures, and highlight the vital role our nation’s libraries and books play in helping new Americans find the resources they need to better their lives.
“Día will provide children and families with an opportunity to explore new worlds,” said Kathleen T. Horning, president of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. “Libraries are the perfect family destination, offering parents and children an opportunity to explore the world through multicultural book collections, diverse cultural programs and free access to the Web.”
Rainbow Celebrates Children’s Day - El día de los niños/El día de los libros is an enhancement of Children’s Day, which began in 1925. Children’s Day was designated as a day to bring attention to the importance and well being of children. In 1996, nationally acclaimed children’s book author Pat Mora proposed linking the celebration of childhood and children with literacy.
Rainbow Child Development Center provides care, education, and therapeutic services to over 290 children – ages 6 weeks to 13 years – from families in the Worcester area. Now located at 10 Edward Street, Rainbow is able to provide even more children and their families the support they need. A Capital Campaign is currently underway to enable Rainbow to better support its children, and to extend its programs and services to additional children and their families. For more information about Rainbow’s programs and services, visit www.rainbowcdc.com or call Barbara Guthrie or Martha Pardo-Testa at 508.791.6849