Barbara Bush Foundation Awards $600,000+ in New Grants
The Barbara Bush Foundation’s 2009 National Grants recipients are (in alphabetical order by state):
Cambodian Association of America
Long Beach, CA
To support the Cambodian Family Literacy Program, an expansion of an ongoing program established in 2001. This program aims to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and low-literacy among low-income Cambodian immigrants residing in Long Beach, CA, by providing English as a Second Language (ESL), parenting, and infant/toddler education to 20 families. The program also will provide bus passes, enabling more families to participate on a regular basis.
The Family Place
To support the expansion of the Comprehensive Family Literacy Project to reach 60 additional families. This funding will allow the program, which focuses on low-income Latino families with young children living below the poverty level in the District of Columbia’s Ward 1, to enhance its impact by offering family literacy education to include Basic/Intermediate English as a Second Language instruction, computer and parenting instruction, home visiting, and intergenerational literacy activities.
Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care, Inc.
To support the Even Start Multicultural Family Literacy Project, which offers an early childhood education program in conjunction with adult education classes such as ESL, computer skills training, employment tracking, civics, and child development for low-income immigrant families. This expansion project will allow additional families to participate in Even Start classes, parent-and-child “together time,” and parenting workshops.
Union Mission, Inc.
To support the New Chapter for Homeless Families program focusing on comprehensive literacy and educational assistance for homeless families. The program will partner with housing initiatives and homeless families to provide easily accessible adult education instruction, developmental and elementary education, after-school activities, parenting education, and family reading time. The program includes case management, employment assistance, and follow-up services as families transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency.