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Grants Boost Early Literacy in Columbia County

By Darryl Gangloff / March 10, 2021 / Educational Attainment, Grantee Spotlight
Grants Boost Early Literacy in Columbia County

Talk Read Sing Columbia—a partnership of nonprofit, education and government leaders funded by Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation—distributed $20,000 in grants to eight Columbia County organizations that aim to boost early literacy and encourage lifelong learning. 

These projects advance the work of the partnership's Talking is Teaching public awareness campaign, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation that provides parents and caregivers with the tools to talk, read and sing more with children from birth to age 5 to better prepare them for school. Columbia Opportunities and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood lead this local effort.

In addition to hosting literacy programs throughout the county, representatives from grantee organizations will work with Talk Read Sing Columbia to develop marketing materials and engage parents and trusted messengers in the Talking is Teaching campaign. Studies of Talking is Teaching parent education initiatives show that parents learn new concepts, feel more confident in their ability to support their child’s development and change their behaviors in the months after meeting with a trusted messenger.

Talk Read Sing Columbia Grantees

Cornell Cooperative Extension: $2,500 to continue to work with Columbia County families and increase their knowledge of child development and literacy during home visits.

Family of Woodstock/Child Care Connections: $2,500 to promote early literacy resources to child care providers across the county, as well as provide educational and developmental information for use in their programs and for sharing with the families they serve.

Friends of Hudson Youth: $2,500 to connect with pediatric care facilities, including those at Columbia Memorial Health, and support pediatric care providers with book boxes, Talking is Teaching campaign posters and other materials. Friends of Hudson Youth will purchase and distribute books focusing on early learning and diversity.

Future Hudson/Friends of Hudson Youth: $2,500 to oversee the development and distribution of a survey to measure parent knowledge of early childhood development and the effects of talking, reading and singing with young children over time.

Hudson Area Library: $2,500 to provide resources and information to parents through monthly book bag giveaways for children ages 0-5. The library will give out one bag per family through May, leading up to the launch of its summer reading program. Each bag will include one or more books for young readers, and activity suggestions and supplies to encourage early literacy activities.

Kinderhook Memorial Library: $2,500 to educate parents on the importance of early literacy and teach them the skills needed to be their children's first teachers through the Early Readers Book Club, in collaboration with the Valatie Free Library. 

New Lebanon Library: $2,500 to develop a sustainable early childhood literacy program with an emphasis on community building among participating families. 

Roeliff Jansen Community Library: $2,500 to host pop-up story times outdoors at locations throughout Ancram, Copake and Hillsdale. The library will sign up families for library cards and share early literacy information at these events.

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