Pennsylvania’s First Lady Celebrates Ten Years of “One Book, Every Young Child” Initiative

April 02, 2015

Harrisburg, PA – Today on a Schools That Teach tour stop, Pennsylvania’s First Lady Frances Wolf, kicked off the 10th year of the “One Book, Every Young Child” initiative in Halifax. This statewide program supports reading and instills a love of learning in Pennsylvania children. Following the launch, First Lady Wolf also held a roundtable discussion with teachers at Enders-Fisherville Elementary School to discuss Governor Wolf’s commitment to making affordable, quality pre-kindergarten education available to all children across the commonwealth.

“This administration is committed to schools that teach, and that starts with ensuring our children have a quality early education that provides them with the skills needed to succeed,” said Mrs. Wolf. “One Book, Every Young Child supports this goal and engages children in the magic of reading.”

In addition to proposing historic investments at all levels of public education, Governor Wolf has made universal pre-kindergarten instruction for all 3- to 4- year olds a critical component of his plan, which includes:

  • increasing funding for Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts by $100 million;
  • nearly doubling the commonwealth’s current annual investment of $97.3 million; and
  • a $20 million increase in state funding for the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program, which would bring the program’s total funding to $59 million.

Throughout April, state officials from the departments of Education (PDE) and Human Services (DHS) will read a book to preschoolers in the month-long event highlighting the importance of early literacy. This year’s book is Philadelphia author Greg Pizzoli’s Number One Sam.

“Reading is critical to a child’s academic and social development, as well as their success later in life,” acting Education Secretary Pedro Rivera said. “And there is simply no better way to spark a love of reading in a child than to take the time with them to share a good story or read a good book.”

Developed by Pennsylvania librarians and museum educators, the One Book, Every Young Child program is made possible through a collaboration of PDE, DHS, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Please Touch Museum, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Library Association, Pennsylvania Center for the Book, Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children, The Pennsylvania Child Care Association and PennSERVE.

It is also supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by Pennsylvania’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

“April is a time for us to focus on the importance early literacy plays in the future of Pennsylvania, and challenges us to do something about it,” said DHS Acting Secretary Ted Dallas. “Everyone can play a part: simply read to a child.”

Learn more online about the program and the book selected, Number One Sam, at

MEDIA CONTACT: Kait Gillis – 717-425-7606
Nicole Regelman, 717-705-8642

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