United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States is pleased to announce the start of a new early childhood literacy program – Sprout into Reading – in Dubuque, Delaware, Clayton, Allamakee, and Fayette counties, thanks to generous support from the Dubuque Racing Association.
Sprout into Reading is outcome-based and targets low-income youth ages birth to five years of age. A key focus of the program is to provide direct distribution of books to qualifying children through strategic partnerships with Parents as Teachers of Four Oaks, Helping Services for Youth & Families in Northeast Iowa, Parent Share & Support, Inc., Regional Medical Center – Manchester, Crescent Community Health Center, Dubuque County Visiting Nurses Association, and Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.
Funded by United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States, the new program is administered by Women UNITED, a group of philanthropic women who are actively engaged in addressing unmet needs in our community. Women UNITED members and the United Way Volunteer Center will also sponsor a series of literacy-based activities to complement Sprout into Reading in 2017.