Education initiatives of the Kennewick-based national Children's Reading Foundation received a two-year $2.87 million federal grant to serve more children.
The grant will provide support to READY! for Kindergarten programs, which provides trainings, targets and tools to parents of children ages birth to 5, as well as helping to launch Read Up, a program focused on summer reading and modeling techniques for parents and caregivers, according to a press release from the foundation.
"A vibrant life of learning begins at birth," said Nancy Kerr, president of the foundation, in a release. "This grant will enable us to expand our programs to support parents as their child's first and most influential teachers."
The foundation will work with Educational Service District 123 to serve four school districts: Othello, Kahlotus, North Franklin and Prescott. It also will work with a total of 19 high-need school districts in Washington, Illinois, Kentucky, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Virginia.
Cost of the two-year expansion, with the foundation's contribution, is $5.4 million. The grant is from the U.S. Department of Education through the Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program.