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Nebraska Growing Readers

Nebraska Growing Readers in the Media

  • "Half a million books will soon find their way into the homes of Nebraska children as part of a new project aimed at boosting early childhood literacy.

    The Nebraska Department of Education announced Monday that it's committing $2 million to the Nebraska Growing Readers Initiative, a project that will provide age-appropriate books to preschoolers at 18 locations around the state. The funds are coming from the department's share of federal COVID-19 relief."

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  • Seeking to eliminate “book deserts” in Nebraska, the State Department of Education has directed $2 million toward getting more than a half-million books into households with the youngest Nebraskans.

    The Nebraska Growing Readers effort kicked off Monday with a batch of books distributed to Educare of Omaha at Indian Hill, one of 18 urban and rural child care providers and other statewide sites that will help get the books to families.

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  • The Nebraska Department of Education announced a $2 million commitment to Nebraska Growing Readers, which will distribute books to early childhood centers across the state.

    Mary Jo Pankoke is the CEO of the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation which is partnering with the state. She said one of the goals of the program is to address book deserts. The book distribution began at Educare Indian Hill in Omaha, and will expand to 18 other sites statewide.

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