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Local authors bring new multicultural children’s book to life with interactive storytelling at Fort Myers learning center

Dozens of children at P.A. Geraci Child Development Center, a Child Care of Southwest Florida learning center, were surprised with an immersive reading experience of the new multicultural children’s book, “La Casita Hispaniola.”

Local authors Yajaida Aristhyl and her husband, Michelson, visited the center on July 25 to read their children’s book, “La Casita Hispaniola,” a heartfelt portrayal of their blended family from the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The book was brought to life with cultural music and maracas, making for an exciting, immersive experience for the children.

“Our goal is to provide an environment that fosters a love of learning and promotes understanding of diverse cultures,” said CEO Chris Hansen of Child Care of Southwest Florida. “Having Yajaida and Michelson here to share their personal story was a wonderful way to engage our children in a meaningful and entertaining learning experience.”

In addition to the reading, around 40 children were gifted their own signed copy of the book as a keepsake that will further encourage their love of reading.

P.A. Geraci is one of five learning centers with Child Care of Southwest Florida, a nonprofit early childhood education provider serving more than 350 children across Lee and Hendry counties. Each center is accredited through the National Accreditation Commission for Early Learning Leaders and is a Gold Seal Quality Care Program through the Florida Department of Children and Families. Additionally, centers maintain five-star ratings through the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida.

To learn more about Child Care of Southwest Florida learning centers, visit CCSWFL.org.

About Child Care of Southwest Florida

Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc. (CCSWFL) is a nonprofit early childhood education provider with five learning centers in Lee and Hendry counties that serve more than 350 children from 6 weeks to 8 years old. A United Way Partner Agency, CCSWFL’s mission is to strengthen and enhance the lives of children, as well as their families. Each center is accredited through the National Accreditation Commission for Early Learning Leaders and is recognized as a Gold Seal Quality Care Program through the Florida Department of Children and Families. All five CCSWFL locations have five-star ratings through the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida. CCSWFL follows the nationally recognized, research-based Creative Curriculum, with a goal of creating safe, nurturing learning environments that develop young minds, support families, strengthen the community and secure the future. Through its participation in the USDA’s Child Food Care Program, each child has access to a healthy, nutritious breakfast, lunch and snacks. Sponsor, volunteer and donation opportunities are available. For more information, please visit ccswfl.org.

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