"Through our work we've provided 100,000 free books to children throughout the communities we serve..."
KENNEWICK, Wash. (PRWEB) August 23, 2016
The Children's Reading Foundation national headquarters announces The Children’s Reading Foundation of Greater Chicago as recipient of its 2016 Flagship Chapter award. The award honors a reading foundation chapter that demonstrates mission effectiveness, sustainability, board engagement, and strong community support.
Lemi-Ola Erinkitola, executive director of The Children’s Reading Foundation of Greater Chicago, accepted the award on behalf of the chapter.
“It has been a great honor to see both children and parents receive access to the learning materials they need,” Erinkitola said. “Through our work we've provided 100,000 free books to children throughout the communities we serve and provided parents with the knowledge and tools they need to allow them to be active participants in preparing their child for kindergarten. We're making a real impact with the diverse families that call Chicagoland home."
The chapter is dedicated to helping promote the message, Read With a Child 20 Minutes Every Day™, and engaging parents and caregivers in children’s development from birth to age 5 to ensure every student succeeds in school and is reading on grade level by the end of third grade.
The Chicago chapter has also been instrumental in a recent randomized control trial study as part of a U.S. Department of Education Innovative Approaches to Literacy grant on the effectiveness of the national READY! for Kindergarten® school readiness program.
“For nearly five years, The Children’s Reading Foundation of Greater Chicago has demonstrated results in engaging and empowering families, schools, and its community to help improve children’s early reading and school readiness skills,” Rick Donahoe, CEO of The Children’s Reading Foundation national office said. “We’re proud to present the Chicago chapter with this award to recognize the positive difference they are making for families in Greater Chicago.”