Head Start is celebrating Read for the Record and releasing its latest literacy scores that show steady growth. Read for the Record is an annual reading celebration that highlights the need for quality early education in America by mobilizing adults and children to set a Guinness World Record for the largest shared reading experience.

On October 3rd, every Head Start classroom in Hamilton County will read Otis by Loren Long. Several parents and a host of local celebrities will be reading to groups of children and some classrooms will utilize technology by reading the book using an online platform. What we know about literacy and reading is that it starts at birth. Reading aloud to children is one of the most important activities for building language and literacy success and Head Start is seeing the results.

"Over the past few years we have seen an increase in the number of children meeting and exceeding expectations in the area of literacy. This is largely due to families reading more to children and classroom teachers using books as a focal point to shape instruction, said Head Start Director Verline Dotson. "We firmly believe that an intense focus on reading is what has boosted our literacy scores over the past two years, we're seeing tremendous growth," Dotson said. Ninety one percent of children either met or exceeded expectations.