LACF Grantee Spotlight

Thanks to your support,110 families participated in Bring Me a Book’s ‘Cubby Program’, an interactive family literacy workshop.

“We are truly appreciative of the Foundation’s support,” said Judy Koch, Founder and Executive Director of Bring Me a Book, a local nonprofit organization promoting literacy development for low-income families with preschool children.

Thanks to the support of LACF donors, an LACF Community Grant allowed 110 families to participate in Bring Me a Book’s ‘Cubby Program’, an interactive family literacy workshop.

Teachers and parents first discuss the importance of reading aloud and finding the time to do it. Then parents and children decorate a small wooden bookcase and select new and gently-used, age/language/culturally appropriate books to take home.

Two family workshops were held at Castro Preschool and a third was held in partnership with the Family Engagement Institute’s Stretch to Kindergarten program.

Each of the workshops was at capacity, an indicator of parents’ interest in supporting reading at home. The books and cubbies, together with the teachers’ presentation on why reading aloud to young children is so important, have an impact.

“Research supporting the value and impact of books in the home is compelling,” said Koch.

According to Koch, this research also shows that having as few as 20 books in the home has a significant impact on propelling a child to a higher level of education, and the more books added, the greater the benefit.

“Without a doubt, Bring Me A Book’s Cubby Program is a good return on investment of LACF’s Community Grants funds,” said Joe Eyre, Executive Director of LACF. “We’re glad that our funding of this program makes a difference,” he added.