The Head Start Program has been awarded a grant to participate in the Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) program for the upcoming program year. The program has been selected to receive a private grant for two book distributions. This grant is fully funded for RIF through Macy’s.
RIF’s highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to age 8 and is the largest children’s literacy nonprofit in the country. They prepare and motivate children to read by delivering free books and literacy resources to those children and families who need them most. RIF inspires children to be lifelong readers through the power of choice as they provide new, free books for children to choose from and make their own.
“We are honored that RIF selected our program for this grant,” stated Shelli Tyre, Head Start Director. “We are indeed grateful for Macy’s for underwriting this project for the second straight year.” Preparing children to succeed as readers is very important, and encouraging children and their families to read aloud together is vital in ensuring school readiness.
Each of the Head Start centers will be planning special reading motivational activities for the children and families on the scheduled distribution days.
“Books inspire a child’s imagination and can help motivate them to follow their dreams,” said Carol Clarke, Literacy Coordinator.
The Brantley County Head Center is currently taking applications for the 2014-2015 program year. Please contact the family advocate office at (912) 462-6552 for information on the application process.