SMC RECEIVES $1.02 MILLION FAMILY LITERACY
For the first time in its history, Santa Monica College has received a $1.02 million federal family literacy grant that will be used to improve literacy and bolster the education of low-income parents and their young children.
SMC is one of only four community college in California to be awarded the four-year, nationally recognized William F. Goodling Even Start Family Literacy Program grant.
“This grant will allow Santa Monica College – working with local schools, the city of Santa Monica and several community education and literacy organizations – to open doors to the magic world of literature to low-income families and to offer them new educational opportunities,” said SMC President Dr. Piedad F. Robertson.
SMC – working with several partner agencies – is currently recruiting parents of children from infancy through 7 years old for a unique program that combines adult education with parent-child literacy activities. The program will target parents who have not completed high school or who are enrolled – or willing to enroll – in at least 20 hours a month in an educational program, including community college, vocational training, English-as-a-Second-Language, adult school or high school diploma program. Children are enrolled – or will enroll – in a childcare or school program at least 60 hours a month.
In addition, the parents and their children will be required to:
“This is the first time this particular kind of federal funding has been awarded to an agency in Santa Monica,” said Joe Ryan, SMC’s Even Start project manager. “So often we’re fighting the image that Santa Monica doesn’t have educational needs, but in fact there’s a belt of low-income, limited-English-speaking residents in Santa Monica, primarily in the Pico neighborhood just north of the college.”
The college will be operating the program in
partnership with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, City
of Santa Monica’s Children’s Services, Easter Seals, WISE
American Reads, and Connections for Children.
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