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Free Literacy Training Opportunities Offered to Community Organizations in South Texas

Local groups encouraged to apply for oral language and literacy development training by February 15

WASHINGTON, January 15, 2009—Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's oldest and largest children and families' literacy nonprofit organization, has issued a request for proposals (RFP) from community and childcare organizations interested in receiving RIF's Family of Readers early childhood literacy training service.

Family of Readers focuses on training the parents of educationally at-risk children, from birth through elementary school. Through training workshops, parents develop the skills and self-assurance to take a leading role in supporting their children's reading and learning while their children learn to love books.

Childcare centers, community centers, libraries, existing RIF programs, and other community-based organizations that work with parents are encouraged to apply.

RIF intends to select up to six organizations in the South Texas region to host a Family of Readers training. Each four-hour train-the-trainer workshop will take place between April 1 and August 1, 2009. To view or download the RFP, please go to http://www.RIF.org/SouthTexasRFP.pdf.

RIF offers these workshops thanks to a 2008 Meadows Foundation grant which included funds to provide community leaders in South Texas with train-the-trainer workshops based on oral language and literacy development. The funds also support efforts of the South Texas Literacy Coalition to increase the number of print materials in children's homes by building family involvement in literacy-related activities, as well as building community awareness and an understanding of literacy.

The South Texas Literacy Coalition, established in early 2008, brings together a range of partners that includes U.S. Representatives Rubén Hinojosa, Solomon Ortiz, and Henry Cuellar; national organizations like RIF; community leaders; and education experts from pre-K programs and elementary schools up to the university level.

The Meadows Foundation is a private philanthropic institution established in 1948 by Algur H. and Virginia Meadows to benefit the people of Texas. The Foundation's mission is to assist the people and institutions of Texas to improve the quality and circumstances of life for themselves and future generations. Since its inception, the Foundation has disbursed over $550 million in grants and direct charitable expenditures to over 2,000 Texas institutions and agencies.

Reading is Fundamental (RIF), founded in 1966, motivates children to read by working with them, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life. RIF's highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to age 8. Through community volunteers in every state and U.S. territory, RIF provides 4.6 million children with 15 million new, free books and literacy resources each year. For more information and to access reading resources, visit RIF's website at www.rif.org.

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Free Literacy Training Opportunities Offered to Community Organizations in South Texas