duPont Fund awards grant to expand literary program

Pre-school students in eight classrooms in Lancaster County showed growth in pre-literacy skills through the BrightStart! Early Literacy Project during the 2016-17 school year. Those strong results have prompted expansion of the program to two additional school districts with support of an $88,750 grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.

Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students in Lancaster, Middlesex and Westmoreland county public schools will have access to the BrightStart! program in the 2017-18 school year with the help of a grant made by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund trustees to The Nemours Foundation. BrightStart! is a program of The Nemours Foundation, which operates children’s clinics at multiple locations in the eastern U.S.

“BrightStart! is proving that it can help to close the academic gap that already exists in prekindergarten and kindergarten children and reduce the pervasive, long-term negative impacts of reading failure,” said Sherry Magill, president of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.

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