November 2019: "Read for the Record" & Prematurity Awareness Month!



Read For The Record 2019:

Jumpstart’s Read for the Record brings together millions of adults and children around the world each year to read the same book on the same day in order to raise awareness about the critical importance of early literacy. This year, Jumpstart is celebrating the 14th anniversary of Read for the Record on Thursday, November 7, 2019!

Thank You, Omu! tells the story of a generous elderly woman who makes a fantastic pot of thick red stew. The scent from her stew travels all throughout her neighborhood and brings all of her community members over to her home for a taste. By the end, she shares a lovely feast with her neighbors where everyone contributes to the meal.


Jumpstart Activity Sheets & Reading Materials to help you Read for the Record:







Premature birth (birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy) and its complications are the #1 cause of death of babies in the United States. Babies who survive premature birth often have long-term health problems!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that we can work to reduce preterm birth using the following strategies:

  • Providing women age 18-44 access to health care before and between pregnancies.
  • Identifying women at risk for giving birth too early and offering effective treatments to prevent preterm birth.
  • Discouraging deliveries before 39 weeks without a medical need.
  • Preventing unintended pregnancies and achieving ideal length of time between pregnancies.
  • Electing single embryo transfer as appropriate to reduce multiple births when undergoing in vitro fertilization.


Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County, Inc.

The Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County (HMHB) seeks to improve birth outcomes and promote healthy families by providing access to care, education, and support to those facing the physical, emotional, economic, and social challenges of pregnancy and infant care. HMHB is considered "The Gateway" to accessing prenatal care in Palm Beach County and is the only prenatal focused agency that is part of the Healthy Beginnings system of the Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County. They also offer free childbirth classes, free workshops for parents, and provide access to free local parent support groups. For more information, visit their website here!





Other Prematurity Awareness Resources:



For additional community resources, contact our Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) team at 561-514-3300.


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