This grant program ran from 2015 to 2018.
In partnership with Cradle to Career we launched the community literacy campaign iREAD in 2015 to promote parents and family members reading to their young children. Through iREAD we sought to raise awareness that no matter what activity parents are doing with their children, they can build literacy at the same time—by reading the back of a cereal box, traffic signs or describing the pictures in a book.
To view and download the iREAD images, visit Cradle to Career Sonoma County’s website.
Community Foundation Sonoma County’s iREAD grants program enabled community organizations with trusted relationships with families of young children to explore innovative ways of promoting family literacy in new or existing programs.
We prioritized proposals that had a clear, strong path for promoting family literacy. Criteria included:
- Program increases the number of days per week parents or other family members read to their children
- Families and children receiving support may not typically have access to books or literacy training
- Key staff implementing the program have experience working with families
Grants for the iREAD program were $10,000.