**Note: I have changed the title of this post from "My Preschool Won't Apply Sunscreen!" to "Why Can't My Preschool Apply Sunscreen?!" because the original title was taking away from my original intent which was to rail against the craziness that parents (and schools!) now have to deal with legal mumbo jumbo for simple things like preventing a child's sunburn. It was never my intention to shine a spotlight on my particular preschool or to insinuate that the staff there is doing anything less than their best efforts to keep their students safe. While I understand the need for stringent regulations such as these, I still absolutely hate the need for them. It truly makes my head spin…**
Did you know that, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, since 1993 only 53 to 58 percent of children ages three to five are read to at home on a daily basis?! I don't know about you, but I find that a pretty terrifying thought.
Since 1998, over 50 organizations along with parents and teachers all over the country have come together on Theodore Guisel's (aka Dr. Seuss) birthday to celebrate the importance of reading and to motivate children to read. According to the National Education Association, the government organization which sponsors Read Across America 45+ million children and adults are expected to participate nationwide this year!