DENVER, August 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- On
Saturday, August 14, 2021, the
LaundryCares Foundation will host a Free Laundry and Literacy Day
event in collaboration with Too Small to Fail and Big Heart World
in Denver, CO from 12 –
4 PM. The location of this event is
Iliff Coin Laundry, 7511 E Iliff
Ave, Denver, CO 80231.
Free Laundry & Literacy Day events provide free laundry
services and cleaning products plus free food and fun activities
for children and adults to enjoy. Laundry owners, distributors,
manufacturer employees, and local community members will
participate as volunteers helping to facilitate this event.
As part of the event, a new Family Read, Play & Learn space
will be installed within this laundromat. These literacy play
spaces provide a comfortable seating area, high-quality books,
toys, and other materials designed to help parents engage in
literacy-rich interactions with their children during laundry time.
Similar learning spaces have been launched in laundromats across
the nation through the Laundry Literacy Coalition – a partnership
between Too Small to Fail and the LaundryCares Foundation. An
independent evaluation conducted by NYU
found that placing "Family Read, Play & Learn" spaces in
laundromats had an overwhelmingly positive effect on children's
literacy-related activity during their visit. In total, throughout
the course of the evaluation, researchers observed 1,378 instances
of literacy-related activities in laundromats with these spaces
compared to laundromats without them.
Millions of families in under-resourced communities visit
laundromats each week to fulfill the basic need of having clean
clothes. For many of these families, fulfilling this basic need can
often be a challenge. With that in mind, Iliff Coin Laundry, the LaundryCares Foundation,
and Too Small to Fail are excited and honored to offer a day of
free laundry services for people in the neighborhood. Guests can
bring an unlimited amount of laundry to the event and will receive
free laundry products to help clean their clothes.
While the guests do their laundry, children can engage in early
literacy activities with the Denver Public Library and puppet
making with master puppeteer Marilyn
Price. Free children's books will be distributed to the
families at the event.
This event will also serve as the launch Big Heart World's Loads
of Summer Love, an effort to provide
families with fun, location-specific games to promote children's
social-emotional development while doing the laundry. Big Heart
World is presented by Sparkler Learning in collaboration with
Noggin, Nickelodeon's interactive learning service for
preschoolers. Sparkler Learning will send activity posters and
coloring sheets to 100+ laundromats across the country as part of
this initiative. It will also make songs from Noggin's Big Heart
Beats Album and other Big Heart World content available — so
families can sing, dance, and learn together about understanding
feelings, developing confidence, making friends, celebrating
differences, and more.
"Everyone is excited to help this new store open its doors and
already give back to the neighborhood the business will serve.
We're especially grateful for the installation of the new Family
Read, Play & Learn Space here; it's perfect for this location."
– Dan Naumann, Executive VP,
"We hope Loads of Summer Love
will help parents turn laundry time into learning time, helping
kids grow big hearts with the characters they love while doing the
laundry with their grown-ups!" — Michael H.
Levine, SVP for Learning and Impact at Noggin
"We're grateful to the LaundryCares Foundation and to Too Small
to Fail for their partnership and for their commitment to bringing
learning to families where they are." — Julia Levy, Executive Director, Sparkler
About the Laundry Cares Foundation
The LaundryCares Foundation is dedicated to helping laundromat
owners provide services through their stores such as Free Laundry
& Literacy Days and childhood literacy resources to families in
underserved communities. Visit us at https://www.laundrycares.org.
For additional information about this event or the LaundryCares
Foundation, please contact Dan
Naumann at (630) 953-7920 or at email@example.com.
About Too Small to Fail
Too Small to Fail, the early childhood initiative of the Clinton
Foundation, promotes early brain and language development by
supporting parents and caregivers with tools to talk, read, and
sing with their young children from birth. Today, almost 60 percent
of children in the United States
start kindergarten unprepared, lagging behind their peers in
critical language and reading skills. Through partnerships with
pediatricians, hospitals, faith-based leaders, community-based
organizations, businesses, entertainment industry leaders, and
others, Too Small to Fail is meeting parents where they are to help
them prepare their children for success in school and beyond.
Whether at the pediatrician's office or the playground, Too Small
to Fail aims to make small moments big by creating opportunities
for meaningful interactions anytime, anywhere. Learn more at
About Big Heart World
Big Heart World is an initiative produced by Sparkler Learning
in collaboration with Noggin that enables parents and educators to
help children explore what it means to have a "big heart" and how
to grow one. Big Heart World brings together partners, including
Too Small to Fail, the National Head Start Association, First Book,
School Library Journal, and many others to help parents,
caregivers, and educators support children's social and emotional
growth. Learn more at http://www.BigHeartWorld.org.
Dan Naumann, LaundryCares, +1