Childhood literacy

Empowering Children to Break The Cycle Of Poverty

By age 3, children in poverty are exposed to 30 million fewer words than children in high-income homes.

The Scripps Howard Foundation is committed to closing the word gap for children in need. The ability to read can help lift children out of poverty and create a better-informed world.

In the first four months of 2017, the Foundation made more than $215,000 in grants to boster childhood literacy in communities across the country:

  • $143,000 in books were donated to children living in poverty nationwide through our inaugural “If you give a child a book. . . .” campaign. The Scripps community donated funds to purchase the books that local organizations distributed.

  • $50,000 in grants went to five nonprofits: Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay Literacy Connects in Tucson
    Reading Partners in Tulsa The Barbershop Literacy Project in Cleveland Border View Family YMCA in San Diego

  • $25,000 was matched during the School on Wheels annual fundraising campaign. The nonprofit provides tutoring services to more than 350 children experiencing homelessness in Indianapolis.

Funding family literacy

In Greater Cincinnati, the Scripps Howard Foundation partnered with The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Duke Energy Foundation and WCPO 9 On Your Side to award $150,000 in family literacy grants in April.

Princeton City School District received $100,000 to fund its year-round book mobile center. This volunteer-driven project brings books and tutoring into the community, enabling families to borrow and access materials and technology.

Two $25,000 grants were awarded to Dayton Independent Schools in Northern Kentucky and the Children’s Home of Cincinnati.