The Children’s Literacy Foundation has provided ten grants to organizations across Vermont and New Hampshire dedicated to providing books to at-risk children.
In Vermont, the grants support:
- Cobleigh Public Library’s Books on Wheels III (Lyndonville)
- Franklin/Grand Isle Bookmobile
- Lund’s Early Childhood Education program (Burlington)
- Mary Johnson Children’s Center’s Early Learning and Development Center (Middlebury)
- Milton Family Community Center
In New Hampshire, the grants support:
- Ascentria Care Alliance refugee resettlement programs (Concord)
- The Family Resource Center (Gorham)
- International Institute of New Hampshire refugee resettlement programs (Manchester)
- Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter
- Penacook Community Center
Each organization will receive an onsite library of new books, a seminar supporting parents and caregivers in reading aloud with their children and a professional storytelling presentation. In addition, children served by each organization are presented a wide variety of books and every child may select two to keep.
“CLiF is excited to provide literacy programming to a diverse group of organizations this coming fall,” said Jana Brown, CLiF program manager. “We’re partnering with organizations doing incredible work to support kids at greatest risk. The benefit of CLiF’s At-Risk Children grants is in sending children home with new, high quality books and offering parents the tools to promote strong reading habits.”