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United Way joins Jumpstart’s Read for the Record to help mobilize volunteers to read the same book on the same day to children. The event is virtual this year, and our commitment remains to help children develop a lifelong love of reading through the power of volunteerism.

Join the United Way for this event to bridge the “digital divide” and shorten the gap in access to information and technology facing our community.

This year’s book is “Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away” by Meg Medina, a celebration of lasting friendship, the power of connection, and encountering change.

Sign up to volunteer to record a read aloud from home. Once your registration is complete, United Way will contact you with instructions. The read alouds will be played in first grade classrooms in the greater Hartford area on October 29th.

Bilingual volunteers are encouraged to participate.

Contact for more information.


More about Read for the Record:

Jumpstart’s 15th annual Read for the Record is a high-visibility annual fall campaign engaging over 2 million participants who aim to:

  • Increase awareness about the critical importance and impact of early literacy
  • Make high-quality children’s books accessible for all children
  • Provide support for Jumpstart for Young Children’s work with early learners in underserved communities across the country

Sharing high-quality picture books with young children is at the core of Jumpstart’s mission. Each year, Jumpstart selects a campaign book that fosters language and social-emotional development, honors the diversity in our world, has a strong narrative, and appeals to young children. That book is read across the country and around the world by adults and young readers on Read for the Record day.

Read for the Record Special Edition

Jumpstart’s team works with our selected publishing partner to create a special paperback edition of the campaign book with exclusive content.

Available in English or Spanish
• Activity guides and resources that bring the book to life
• Tips for reading with young children
• Vocabulary words
• Comprehension questions

Why Early Literacy?
Birth to Five

Children with access to high-quality early education programs enter kindergarten better prepared to succeed.

Lifelong Impact

Long-term outcomes of high-quality education programs include higher high school graduation rates and higher earned salaries.

$1 Spent = $13 Saved

High-quality early education programs provide the greatest return on social investment documented in social science. Every dollar invested saves taxpayers up to $13 in future costs.

Read for the Record 2020 Book

Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away by Meg Medina is a celebration of lasting friendship, the power of connection, and encountering change.

PLEDGE TO READ Contact our Read for the Record team via email.

Who Can Participate

Whether you’re leading an individual classroom or engaging an entire community, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is a powerful way to come together around for the power of reading. Schools, libraries, museums, and other organizations help bring Jumpstart’s Read for the Record alive in communities around the world. From large group readings in school auditoriums to story hours and community-wide reading festivals, Read for the Record is truly an opportunity to rally your school, library, or larger community around the importance of high-quality early learning experiences.