New Bedford Reads
Since taking office in 2012, Mayor Jon Mitchell has sought to reestablish New Bedford as one of the leading cities in the Northeast. A critical component of his regeneration strategy is expanding educational opportunity and attainment for all New Bedford children, and he knows that learning begins with literacy. . According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a child’s first three years offer a critically important window for brain development—a window during which reading aloud, talking, singing, and rhyming every day help young children reach their full potential.