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Impact Polk 2017: “Bridge the Gap to School Readiness – My Own Library” by United Way of Central Florida’s Family Fundamentals

Bridge the Gap to School Readiness – My Own Library receives Impact Polk 2017 grant through Grants Committee

Bridge the Gap to School Readiness is a five-day a week program specifically designed to teach and model outcome based activities preparing children to enter school ready to succeed. In a quality, developmentally appropriate environment, children and their caregivers experience a literacy rich environment in the classroom itself and within the “play” experiences provided. The “My Own Library” program provides the children with age-appropriate books to take home as their own. They are building their home library while their caregivers now have access to quality resources to continue the learning/teaching process and become the best first teacher they can for the child.

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About Impact Polk 2017

Impact Polk is an annual grant program of the GiveWell Community Foundation with the goal of addressing community needs throughout Polk County. To learn more about Impact Polk, click here.

About United Way of Central Florida’s Family Fundamentals

Family Fundamentals is a parent resource center and a project of Success By 6. Success By 6 is a community-wide children’s initiative, spearheaded by United Way of Central Florida and founded by Carol Barnett of Publix Charities that brings together resources to form a community partnership. Success By 6 is an initiative to make early childhood development a top priority in Polk, Hardee, and Highlands counties and to ensure that all children, by the age of six, have the physical, emotional, social, and mental foundation to succeed in school and in life. To learn more about Family Fundamentals, visit www.uwcf.org/servlet/eAndar.article/432/Family-Fundamentals.