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Early Learning Collaborative and Pocoyo Celebrate the Holidays with Cultural Collaborative Jamaica at Their Community Tree Lighting in Jamaica, Queens

  (December 13, 2013)
Early Learning Collaborative and Pocoyo Celebrate the Holidays with Cultural Collaborative Jamaica at Their Community Tree Lighting in Jamaica, Queens

Queens, NY (PRWEB) December 13, 2013

On Saturday, December 14, the Hispanic Television Networks (HITN) Early Learning Collaborative (ELC) is teaming up with Cultural Collaborative Jamaica (CCJ), Centro Hispano Cuzcatlán, and other community organizers to celebrate the approaching holiday season with children and their families at Rufus King Park in Jamaica, Queens New York. The CCJs annual Community Tree Lighting will feature games, prizes, Christmas carols, hot chocolate, and engaging activities including a coloring area, iPad learning app games, and photo opportunities with the beloved animated character Pocoyo and his friends.

At the event, HITN/ELC will provide interactive activities on its iPad Playsets where children can try the organizations educational English language development apps and learn about outer space, healthy eating, and sounds/instruments. The event will also feature an augmented reality photo opportunity where children can take pictures and learn vocabulary words with a 3D animated image that comes to life within the outer space app. There will be free giveaways for preschool-aged children with crayons, Pocoyo bilingual storybooks (in English and Spanish), a Passport activity book featuring Pocoyo, and several other English language-learning activities.

The annual Community Tree Lighting event will be held in Rufus King Park on Saturday, December 14 at the corner of 89th Avenue and 153rd Street. People who live, work, and shop in downtown Jamaica are invited to participate in the tree lighting. The tree will be illuminated throughout the holiday season. The event will bring together diverse groups in the community to celebrate the holiday season. Entertainment, refreshments, holiday sounds, and hot chocolate will follow at Grace Episcopal Church located at 155-024 90th Avenue.

Parents wishing to receive a gift for their child ages 1-10 must register their child with one of the participating organizations. The gifts will be available on a first come first serve basis and the child must be present to receive the gift.

For additional information and to register a child for a gift, call Cultural Collaborative Jamaica at (718) 526-8700.

About Early Learning Collaborative:
The Early Learning Collaborative (ELC) is designed to leverage the power of technology and transmedia content to help ensure three-to-five-year-old children are fully prepared to begin kindergarten and succeed in school and beyond. The ELC initiative includes three components: digital media applications, educational outreach, and research.

The ELC is currently funded in part by a U.S. Department of Education Ready to Learn grant. The Michael Cohen Group is conducting ongoing formative and summative studies to determine the effectiveness of the materials in each of the 23 Pocoyo PlayGround transmedia sets. The ELC currently has several pilot programs in Alabama, California, Florida, Maine, Oregon, Wisconsin, New York, and Washington D. C. that are currently using the interactive and engaging Pocoyo PlayGround digital, print and manipulative materials.

About Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network:
Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN) is the grantee for the Early Learning Collaborative. Established in 1983, HITN is the first Latino non-commercial Spanish-language media company in the U.S. HITN currently reaches over 40 million households in the U.S., providing a wide range of quality programmingon TV, online, and in the communityto address its mission of advancing the educational, socioeconomic and cultural aspirations of Latinos.

About Cultural Collaborative Jamaica:
Cultural Collaborative Jamaica (CCJ) is a non-profit organization uniting artists, arts organizations, local businesses and educational leaders in efforts to strengthen community and economic development in Jamaica, Queens. CCJs efforts focus on bringing greater exposure to the arts and cultural sector, thereby creating more focal points for the core of Southeast Queens and Jamaica's downtown redevelopment.

Centro Hispano Cuzcatlán:
In 1998, a group of Central Americans immigrants, out of a parish in Jamaica, founded Centro Hispano Cuzcatlán (CHC) to support the important immigration legislation called the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA). CHCs mission is to bring local ideas and leadership, backed by powerful community organizing, to address issues that affect the quality of life of the Central American and Hispanic community in our city. CHC focuses on organizing and educating community residents around issues related to housing, immigration, health, labor, and the Rufus King Park.

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