Communities In Schools of Lakewood is partnering with Target again this year to help under served preschool students prepare for Kindergarten through “Growing Up Is Fun” resource bags and family nights. The grant will help Readiness to Learn (RTL) Coordinator, Diane Formoso, purchase items for resource bags and distribute them to parents who cannot afford to send their children to preschool programs. According to Gary Wilson, Asst. Superintendent for Clover Park School District, “less than half of our low-income preschool-aged children are able to participate in preschool programs due to inadequate federal and state funding for HeadStart and ECEAP (Early Childhood Education Assistance Program) programs. This leaves hundreds of kids at least one year behind their classmates and inadequately prepared to begin kindergarten.”
This grant is part of ongoing efforts by Target to strengthen families and communities throughout the country. Since opening its doors, Target has given 5% of its income to organizations that support education, the arts and safe families and communities. Today that translates to $3 million every week.
“At Target, we are making a real difference every day through our grant-making program,” said Laysha Ward, vice president, community relations, Target. “We’re proud to partner with Communities In Schools of Lakewood as part of our ongoing commitment to give back to the communities where our guests and team members live and work.”