The two-year, $319,879 grant will be used to organize and implement the West Virginia Statewide Family Literacy Initiative, according to Kathi Polis, assistant director for the Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development, West Virginia Department of Education.
“This grant will enable us to coordinate efforts throughout the state,” Polis said. “The Department of Education has developed numerous programs to improve family literacy in West Virginia. This grant will help to unite the services which are already in place. In order for the children of West Virginia to be successful, the entire family must be successful.”
Polis said that the grant will assist the Department of Education in coordinating federal, state, private and family services with strategic goals and objectives for adult education and literacy programs throughout the Mountain State.
“As part of the grant, the National Center for Family Literacy will provide comprehensive training to address the four-prong model of family literacy as defined by new federal legislation,” Polis explained. “The four prongs –- adult education, age appropriate education for children, parenting education and planned activities involving adults and children –- must work hand in hand in order for family literacy programs to make a difference. This grant will provide us with much-needed funds to coordinate existing statewide efforts.”
Polis said that any organization wanting more information about the grant or the state’s family literacy initiative should call the West Virginia Department of Education at (304) 558-6317.