I was sitting at my desk, getting ready to write another post, and pulled a paper out of my desk drawer that said “Pajama Program” (https://pajamaprogram.org/). I have this habit of jotting down ideas for this blog as they come to me, and then they pretty much take on a life of their own, popping up at the most unlikely times. I went online to look this up, and discovered that it benefits two of my favorite things; children (of all ages) and books. I have loved books since before I could read, and I love kids. In fact, I can still tell you the name of my first favorite book, it was a Golden Book called “Mickey Mouse Picnic”.
This program was founded by Genevieve Piturro. She was a successful marketing executive in New York City for 20 years when she was astounded by a child’s innocent question (What are pajamas?) Who doesn’t know what pajamas are and why? Recognizing the need existing in our society, she left her job to deliver pajamas and books to children in shelters. In 2001, she founded Pajama Program, which has since grown in size and scope. It is now recognized nationwide as a way to make a positive impact on the lives of our needy youth. Volunteering at one of Pajama Program’s Reading Centers is an incredible way to make a difference. Once a year, once a month, or once a week, volunteers come to the Reading Centers to read with the children attending programming there. During this uncertain time Pajama Program will be hosting virtual book readings via Facebook every evening at 7:30 p.m.
The Pajama Program relies on a network of over 60 chapters throughout the United States and Puerto Rico to help connect Pajama Program with their 4,000 Community Partners. Each local chapter is led by a volunteer Chapter President who works closely with our National Office.
Hosting fundraisers or drives to collect pajamas and books in your community is a great way to get involved for all ages. Host a virtual pajama party! Start an online fundraiser! Have your students and children read to earn books! This is a terrific way to make two positives from a negative. We can take this quarantine time to improve children’s reading skills and provide reading materials to children who need them.
Pajama Program is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes and supports a comforting bedtime routine for children to help them thrive.
Pajama Program Main Office
171 Madison Avenue, Suite 1409
New York, NY 10016
One child left behind is one child too many.
Please stay safe and stay well.
“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” Chinese Proverbs