Washington County Family Center wins $50K Barbara Bush Literacy Grant

WASHINGTON COUNTY: (MAY 26, 2011) – The Washington County Department of Social Services is pleased to announce that the Washington County Family Center was recently awarded a $50,000 grant by the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.  This grant will enable the Center to integrate and coordinate adult education, early childhood, family literacy, and parent education programming for the young families that it serves.

The Washington County Family Center, sponsored by Washington County Department of Social Services, provides comprehensive services to families with children under the age of four.  Last year 126 adults and 121 children received educational services, case management, parenting classes, onsite childcare, peer support and health education.

The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy supports the development and expansion of family literacy programs across the United States.  Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to nonprofit organizations, correctional institutions, homeless shelters, schools and school districts, libraries as well as community and faith-based agencies.  Over the past 22 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $40 million to 876 family literacy programs in 50 states including the nation’s capital.

The Washington County Family Center was one of ten implementation grants awarded by the Foundation’s Maryland Family Literacy Initiative at the annual Maryland Celebration of Reading which was held at The Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD on May 17, 2011.

WCDSS is a field office of the Maryland Department of Human Resources under the direction of Martin O’Malley, Governor, and Anthony Brown, Lt. Governor.

Contact:                    L. Bruce Massey

Assistant Director for Administration

Phone: 240-420-2510

Filed in: Child Welfare, DHS News, Washington County

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