Normally, kids don’t like putting on their pajamas, but today the children at the Diane Lindner-Goldberg Child Care Institute (CCI) at the Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center are happily wearing theirs to promote a good cause. Through December 12 CCI is participating in The Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive, sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs and the Pajama Program. For every pair of pajamas donated for a child in need, Scholastic is donating an accompanying bedtime storybook. CCI has already collected more than 20 pairs of pajamas for the drive.
The Pajama Program is a nonprofit organization that provides new pajamas and books to children in need, many of whom are waiting and hoping to be adopted. Since 2001, Pajama Program has donated over one million pajamas and books to children nationwide.
If you are interested in donating a pair of children’s pajamas for The Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive, contact Donna.V.Tudda@hofstra.edu or call CCI at 516-463-5194 through Friday, December 12.
Pajamas are also one of the items being collected by the 2014 Home for the Holidays Drive, benefiting the Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN) of Hempstead, New York. That drive is being coordinated by the Office of University Relations with departments across campus. Donation bins have been set throughout around campus and the collection will continue through December 15.
CCI offers developmentally appropriate activities for children aged 8 weeks to 5 years, providing opportunities for hands-on, integrated learning. Last spring the Child Care Institute was reaccredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the leading organization of early childhood professionals. According to the Child Care Council of Nassau County, only 12 out of 210 licensed early childhood education programs in Nassau County have achieved NAEYC accreditation. Nationwide, only 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs are NAEYC-accredited.