University of Phoenix Kansas City Campus fosters childhood literacy

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Jan. 23, 2013—University of Phoenix® Kansas City Campus and Lenexa Student Success Center today announced the donation of more than 150 books to Reach Out and Read Kansas City, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting early childhood literacy.

“University of Phoenix strives to remove barriers to education and that begins at a young age,” said University of Phoenix Kansas City Campus director, Jeannine Lake. “We are proud to partner with Reach Out and Read Kansas City to support children in our community and provide them with the reading materials they need to develop strong literacy skills at an early age.”

Reach Out and Read Kansas City makes literacy promotion a standard part of pediatric appointments by encouraging parents to share books with their young children. At each check-up, children birth to five years old receive a free book to take home. Pediatric providers offer developmental advice and talk to parents about the importance of sharing books with their kids.

“We are extremely grateful to University of Phoenix for their commitment to early childhood literacy,” said Janice Dobbs of Reach Out and Read Kansas City. “Children who live in print-rich environments and are read to during the first years of life are more likely to enter school prepared to succeed.”

Children seen by pediatrics providers at University of Kansas Medical Center will receive the books donated by the Kansas City Campus.

For more information about University of Phoenix Kansas City Campus, please visit Phoenix.edu/Missouri.

About University of Phoenix University of Phoenix® is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning can help students pursue personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit http://www.phoenix.edu.

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