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Mayor Johnson to speak at press conference.

Tuesday, January 7, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Columbia County Chamber of Commerce
1 North Front Street
Hudson, NY

Who: Columbia Opportunities, Inc., Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and the Clinton Foundation.

Brief remarks will be made by:

  • Peter Taylor, President of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
  • Kristen Rocha Aldrich, Associate Program Director, Too Small to Fail
  • Serria McGriff, Senior Counselor, Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood and Talking is Teaching Trusted Messenger
  • Kamal Johnson, Mayor, Hudson, NY

Remarks and the unveiling of campaign materials will take place from 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm.

Visual opportunities will include public remarks, the unveiling of new Talking is Teaching materials including home book boxes, brochures, and posters. There will also be a mass distribution of books on that day to children ages 3-5 in Columbia County. The books are provided by the Early Literacy and Learning Network.

“Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” aims to give parents and caregivers the tools to talk, read and sing more with their young children from birth, increasing meaningful interactions that are critical to healthy brain and language development. According to a study conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics, almost 60 percent of American children start kindergarten unprepared, lagging behind their peers in critical language, math, and social-emotional skills. Research shows that during the first years of life a child’s brain forms one million new neural connections every second and absorbs information like a sponge. This is why simple, everyday interactions with young children-like describing objects seen during a walk or car ride, singing songs, or telling stories- can better prepare them for school, and lay a strong foundation for their social-emotional development, health, and lifelong learning.