Dollar General Literacy Foundation helps lead local initiative.
During the 14th Annual Celebration of Reading event held on Feb. 14, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush announced that the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy will pilot the "Family and Community Connections Initiative" to expand educational opportunities in Lee County, where young children and their low-income parents can learn together.
This new initiative, supported by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, marks the first community-wide approach to family literacy by engaging multiple early childhood and adult literacy programs. The goal is to coordinate the efforts of both groups – creating new avenues to offer and access the benefits of family literacy. In the spring, these groups will receive invitations to attend educational symposiums on developing coordinated family literacy programs. Programs selected to participate in the pilot will be provided with capacity-building grants to expand local family literacy opportunities.