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KinderCare Shines Light on Early Reading

Bay Area-based children's book author Brandi Dougherty will read to about 40 of the center's children today at 10 a.m. KinderCare will also donate 500 children's books to Reach Out and Read.

The on De Anza Boulevard is hosting a reading celebration for its member families today at 10 a.m. The event is part of a nationwide effort by the childcare company to promote early literacy.

"We want to encourage families to get their kids reading at an early age," said Colleen Moran, communications director for KinderCare. "Getting them to read early will help them be better prepared to read once they reach school age."

Cupertino’s KinderCare services about 120 children, 70 of whom live in the city, according to center director Andrea Kern. Children range in age from six weeks to 4-years-old. About 40 are expected to attend tomorrow’s reading celebration.

Bay Area-based children's book author Brandi Dougherty, author of The Littlest Christmas Star and The Littlest Pilgrim, among other works, plans to pay a visit to the center's preschool rooms for a special story time.

"The kids always love guests," Moran joked.

Part of today's celebration will be the handing over of donated children's books, collected by the center's families, to Reach Out and Read, a non-profit that promotes early literacy and school preparedness. Kern said that 500 books are slated to be donated.

A volunteer firefighter and community reader will also join in the morning's program.

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