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Dubuque Racing Association Funds New Reading Program

Dec/01/16 - Source: United Way | Category: News

For Immediate Release

Contact: Danielle Peterson
United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States

DUBUQUE, Iowa – United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States is pleased to announce the start of a new early childhood literacy program – Sprout into Reading – in Dubuque, Delaware, Clayton, Allamakee and Fayette counties, thanks to generous support from the Dubuque Racing Association.

“Because family involvement is one of the top indicators of early literacy success, we developed a cost effective program for our greater service area that provides quality books and includes helpful literacy strategies from trained staff to increase family involvement,” Danielle Peterson, United Way President/CEO, explains. Research shows the earlier families become involved in children’s literacy practices, the longer lasting the effect.

Sprout into Reading is outcome-based and targets low-income youth ages birth to five years of age. A key focus of the program is to provide direct distribution of books to qualifying children through strategic partnerships with Parents as Teachers of Four Oaks, Helping Services for Youth & Families in Northeast Iowa, Parent Share & Support, Inc., Regional Medical Center - Manchester, Crescent Community Health Center, Dubuque County Visiting Nurses Association, and Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

Funded by United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States, the new program is administered by Women UNITED, a group of philanthropic women who are actively engaged in addressing unmet needs in our community. Women UNITED members and the United Way Volunteer Center will also sponsor a series of literacy-based activities to complement Sprout into Reading in 2017.

United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States connects people and resources to advance the health, education and income of those in need in our community. The organization brings individuals and other groups together around innovative solutions to impact thousands of lives annually. For more information about United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States, visit DBQUnitedWay.org.