Madison, WI (11/21/2011)
Literacy Network of Dane County has been awarded a $45,000 grant by the Madison Community Foundation. The grant will support family literacy programs for Latinos in the Madison schools.
"Parents have the greatest influence in a child's educational success. Our program works with the schools to increase parental involvement and address the achievement gap for Latino children," said Jeff Burkhart, executive director of Literacy Network. "This grant will help parents be active partners in their child's development and education."
"The cross-cultural elements of this program are innovative and inspiring, creating deeper understanding between parents and teachers that supports the children's academic and social success, and giving a critical boost to family socio-economic achievement," said Madison Community Foundation President Kathleen Woit. Over the next two years, approximately 250-300 elementary-school aged children of Spanish-speaking parents will benefit directly. All participants will learn language and cultural skills they can apply across education, work, social, and civic settings.
Literacy Network is a non-profit organization made up of teachers, learners, tutors, volunteers and donors all working together to improve adult literacy in Dane County. Their programs teach reading, writing and speaking skills to adults and families so they can achieve financial independence, good health and greater involvement in community life. All programs are offered to the community free of charge.
Madison Community Foundation encourages, facilitates and manages long-term philanthropy. It was established in 1942 as a tax-exempt community trust and is governed by a Board of Governors representing the broad interests of the community. Individuals and organizations interested in establishing an endowment with Madison Community Foundation or donating money to its general fund may get more details online at www.madisoncommunityfoundation.org.