2021 grant will promote early childhood literacy

Preschool children in Eden Prairie will get a literacy boost from a project funded by the Foundation and implemented by the Early Childhood Advisory Council at Eden Prairie Schools.

The $1,500 grant from the Foundation has allowed the advisory council to purchase 433 books for the current and upcoming screenings that all Eden Prairie 3- to 5-year-olds go through to ensure kindergarten readiness and identify unique education needs.

At the end of the screening, each child will choose one of these new books to take home, read, and keep as a way to promote literacy, encourage family engagement, and create a positive association with reading, school, and learning.

The books sent home with kids fit within the themes of supporting equitable representation and celebrating differences, STEM literacy, and rhyming, said Holly Waterston, vice president of the advisory council.

“We wholeheartedly thank you for funding this grant and know it’s going to make a difference to so many children, their families, and our community,” she added.

More information about early-childhood programming is on the Eden Prairie Schools website.

About the Author Mark Weber has been the executive director of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation since October 2013. In this role, he enjoys meeting with Eden Prairie residents, and being an active member of the community. If you’d like to connect with Mark, call him at (952) 949-8499 or email him. You can also read Mark’s full biography.

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