2018-02-28 / Other News

Early Bird grant recipients named


From left, Deb Collier with the Early County School System, Jason Muhlenkamp with Holy Family Catholic Church, and Gwen Houston with Family Connection. From left, Deb Collier with the Early County School System, Jason Muhlenkamp with Holy Family Catholic Church, and Gwen Houston with Family Connection. A grant writing workshop hosted by the Chamber of Commerce in November has resulted in three organizations — Early County Pre-K, Family Connection and Holy Family Catholic Church — receiving $60,000 in grant monies.

Workshop facilitator, Gwen Houston, told the attendees “a great way to learn grant-writing is to write one and submit it.” The group, which met weekly for eight weeks, decided to apply for a mini literacy grant and developed a “hub partnership.”

Each organization submitted their own grant application, but was part of the hub partnership — The Early Birds Initiative — working together to achieve common goals. Each organization received $20,000.

The initiative’s priority is to unite the community in improving early childhood language and literacy for developmental and economic reasons.

Specifically, the initiative will support families with children ages zero to eight to ensure children will succeed in school, support and train daycare providers to become Quality Rated and develop an after school program.

For more information about how to participate or support the Early Birds Initiative call Family Connection at 723-5122.

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