Summer Learning

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in Washington, DC, announced that we have been awarded a National Leadership Grant (planning category) in the amount of $47,540.  This is the third grant that we have received from IMLS since 2010.

The Summer Learning! Family Engagement Continuum is a year-long program that educates parents/caregivers of children grades K-3 on the importance of summer learning, and that offers exposure to new resources, programs, and activities designed to improve reading proficiency.   The planning grant will gather a creative team of educational and cultural professionals to develop a unique process to get parents, caregivers and kids excited about year-long learning.

The grant will create an innovative program for family engagement in summer learning, building a model for cities with similar cultural diversity, significant poverty levels, and low literacy in adults and children. It will have considerable impact on the best practices of other organizations and the public good.

Summer Learning!  Family Engagement Continuum will address summer learning loss with a systematic, continuous, comprehensive, and collaborative approach to increasing summer learning opportunities.  The planning team will serve as a think tank of creative educational and cultural leaders with a wide variety of experience. “We appreciate the confidence that IMLS has in us to make a difference in our City.  This project will result in a cohesive approach to find solutions that will help our most vulnerable children thrive as adults”, said Matthew K. Poland HPL’s Chief Executive Officer.

We will partner with Hartford Public Schools, and will work creatively and collaboratively with a wide array of Hartford organizations, including the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving’s Brighter Futures Initiative, and the Hartford Department of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation.


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