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Family center awarded $50,000 grant

June 05, 2011

The Washington County Family Center was awarded a $50,000 grant by the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, according to  the Washington County Department of Social Services.

The family center was the recipient of one of 10 implementation grants awarded by the foundation’s Maryland Family Literacy Initiative at the annual Maryland Celebration of Reading, which was held May 17 at The Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Md.

The grant will enable the family center to integrate and coordinate adult education, early childhood, family literacy and parent education programming for the young families it serves.

The family center, sponsored by the Washington County Department of Social Services, provides comprehensive services to families with children younger than 4. Last year, 126 adults and 121 children received educational services, case management, parenting classes, on-site child care, 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, and community and faith-based agencies.  

Over the past 22 years, the foundation has awarded more than $40 million to 876 family-literacy programs.   

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