Monday, March 16, 2009

Literacy Program Gives Kids an Even Start

Even Start, part of the Family Literacy Initiative, is a program for disadvantaged children who are toddlers until they are 4 years old. It is a federally funded program in Bessemer that provides special preparation to children from low-income, semi-literate families. Funding has been gradually cut, said Nancy Trucks, site coordinator of project Even Start. "Cut funding and we might be cutting our own throats," she said. The Bessemer facility can only accommodate 26 children. Applications for the fall will be accepted starting March 23.

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