Partnership provides funding to break the cycle of poverty through literacy

Partnership provides funding to break the cycle of poverty through literacy

Literacy and kindergarten readiness are crucial to the academic, social and economic success of families and children living in poverty. To support childhood literacy initiatives in impoverished neighborhoods in the Tristate, Scripps Howard Foundation and WCPO 9 On Your Side have joined forces with The Greater Cincinnati Foundation and Duke Energy Foundation.

“Children who read have the best hope of rising out of poverty and achieving their full potential,” said Liz Carter, president and CEO, Scripps Howard Foundation. “The entire Scripps community is proud to partner with the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and Duke Energy Foundation to give children that chance.”

In both 2017 and 2018, the organizations leverage their resources to provide $150,000 in grants to nonprofits that support family literacy in impoverished neighborhoods in Greater Cincinnati.  In 2018, the funding partners made grants to programs that empower parents with skills, confidence and tools to help their children develop emergent literacy and language skills.

A grant of $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 grant. “We truly appreciate this investment in our families and the community.”

Cincinnati Early Learning Centers used its $50,000 grant toward creating a mobile classroom that travels to impoverished areas in Hamilton County. It brings together children and their parents or other caregivers to learn about early childhood development. Reading and the love of books is the program’s centerpiece.

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.

In 2017, the funding partners also made $25,000 grants to both the Children’s Home of Cincinnati and Dayton Independent Schools in Kentucky.