Community Action awarded grant for Infant/Toddler Literacy

Pictured from left are Maribel Arce, CAP community services director; Dyann Nashton, LCMC coordinator; Michele Ryan, Oneida Public Library director; Nancy Joerger, CAP assistant program manager for early Head Start; and Eric Faisst, Madison County Public Health director. Arce, Faisst and Ryan are members of the LCMC Managing Partners.

Community Action Partnership has received a $2,500 grant for its Infant/Toddler Literacy Development program. The program will train family support workers on strategies and techniques to use to promote literacy with the families they serve.

Scores in the area of language and literacy are typically lower in homes in poverty or those experiencing difficult stressors. The trend has been true in the Early Head Start program over the last three years. Coaches trained in The Reading League methods will provide three training sessions to the family support workers who will then work with these strategies with the families they serve in Madison County.

Community Action is one of four local groups in Madison County that were awarded program grants recently for their literacy efforts. The grants were distributed by the Literacy Coalition of Madison County (LCMC), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving literacy in the county.

The Literacy Coalition facilitates literacy improvement in the county through collaboration with the many dedicated businesses, schools, libraries and agencies who serve the needs of our area. Coordinator Dyann Nashton reported that the Literacy Coalition of Madison County offers Madison County Reads Ahead, a free one-on-one tutoring program to help adults get high school equivalency diplomas. The Coalition also facilitates the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, offered in county libraries and a few school libraries. The coalition, which is supported in large part by the Central New York Community Foundation, is placing a special focus this year on financial and digital literacy for adults as well as kindergarten readiness.

Anyone with an interest in advancing literacy is invited to attend the coalition meeting on Wed. May 22nd from 9 a.m. to noon at the Ag Center Pavilion at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Morrisville.

For more information about the Literacy Coalition of Madison County, call (315) 749-3654 or email

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