$150,000 awarded to support family literacy organizations in impoverished neighborhoods

Fri, May 18, 2018 by Rebecca Cochran

The Scripps Howard Foundation, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Duke Energy Foundation and WCPO 9 On Your Side partnered for the second year to provide $150,000 in grants to support family literacy in impoverished neighborhoods. During the Scripps Howard Awards show on April 19, a $100,000 grant was presented to Brighton Center, and $50,000 went to Cincinnati Early Learning Centers.

The grant to Brighton Center will support its Home Visitation for Parents of Preschool Youngsters program, a kindergarten-readiness program designed to help Northern Kentucky parents become their children’s first and most important teachers for creating a foundation of lifelong learning and family literacy.

“We know we can’t have strong learners without strong families or strong families without strong communities,” said Wonda Winkler, executive vice president of Brighton Center, as she accepted the award at the Scripps Howard Awards. “We truly appreciate this investment in our families and the community.”

The foundations and WCPO first partnered in 2017 to issue a joint $100,000 grant to Princeton City Schools for its mobile book center. This volunteer-driven project brings books and tutoring into the community, enabling families to borrow and access materials and technology.

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