Thursday, September 15, 2016

Grant awarded for Early Learning Washington County

Early Learning Washington County has been awarded $100,000 to support growing numbers of immigrant and refugee families in Washington County. The federal grant provides 3,500 family friendly early literacy book bags so that students can be prepared to succeed in school. The bags contain books and supplies in Arabic, Chinese, English, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Abigail Elder, Director of the Beaverton City Library is excited about what this means for Washington County communities: “We know successful integration of immigrant and refugee families in our communities is often tied to their children's academic success. Their children are expected to do well in school, learn English quickly and contribute to the family's successful adjustment. This grant award helps us help them do that.” The Beaverton Library will also add more culturally and linguistically appropriate books for children and adults to their permanent collection.

The grant is awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the Oregon State Library. Early Learning Washington County is a partnership between United Way of the Columbia-Willamette and Washington County Health & Human Services to improve educational outcomes for children in Washington County. Washington County Cooperative Library Services is working with Early Learning Washington County and Beaverton City Library on this grant to improve library services for new county residents.