Here’s the latest news from the Network Communities Support Center:
- In this week’s Bright Spot, Camden, New Jersey launched a volunteer-based one-on-one reading program for preschoolers as part of its early literacy initiative. Click here to read more or download the Bright Spot pdf. To nominate a community for this feature, email Betsy Rubiner at email@example.com. Self-nominations are encouraged!
- If, like Camden, you have volunteers doing great work for early literacy, National Volunteer Week (April 6-13) will soon be upon us! We all have the opportunity to lift up the value of volunteer reading tutors and honor those doing the work. Check out the ideas, tools and templates on our website, and don’t forget to tell us about tutoring groups—and individual tutors--in your community using this online portal.
- Two of our partners shared resources for early learning and school readiness. ZERO TO THREE has many great school readiness resources to explore, including tips, tools and a policy brief. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has put together some concise and compelling graphics that support investment in early childhood, for use on documents, websites or powerpoints.
- Last week’s webinar described the resources available to Network communities from Attendance Works. (You can listen to the March 26 webinar here, and download their new toolkit here.) Our next two webinars will also feature in-depth discussions of the resources and support available from two of our national implementation partners – School Readiness Partners (April 9) and the National Summer Learning Association (April 2). We will resume regularly scheduled monthly webinars in May on the first Thursday of every month at 3 p.m. ET (note the time change!)
- Target is accepting applications for their Early Childhood Reading Grants, providing $2,000 for programs that foster a love of reading and encourage young children, preschool through third grade, to read together with their families. Reading grants support programs such as library storytimes and family reading nights that take place between September 2014 and August 2015. The deadline is April 30, 2014. Apply here.
- The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is accepting grant requests through their Youth Literacy Grants program to provide funding of up to $4,000 to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Applicants must live within 20 miles of a Dollar General Store. Application deadline is May 22, 2014. Apply here.
- There is a new Grade-Level Reading Brochure available on the Ning. You can find it in the Key Documents tab under “About the Network,” or click here to download the brochure.
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