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Reading Is Fundamental Receives Support from Staples Foundation for Learning

WASHINGTON, September 12, 2007 — Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), the nation’s oldest and largest children's and family literacy organization, has been awarded a $25,000 grant from Staples Foundation for Learning. These funds will be used to provide literacy trainings to early childhood childcare providers throughout the country.

This is the third grant RIF has received from Staples Foundation for Learning. These grants have provided more than 100 early childhood caregivers with the trainings and resources necessary to create literacy-rich environments for the children in their care.

RIF's Care to Read program consists of six workshops that cover a variety of topics in early literacy development. Courses, which are open to home-and center-based childcare staff, are taught in a train-the-trainer model, preparing participants to return to their programs and deliver the workshops to their colleagues.

"Research shows that the first five years of a child’s life are critical for developing the language skills necessary for success in school and throughout life," said Carol H. Rasco, RIF president and CEO. "Our training programs can help childcare providers create supportive literacy-rich environments for the children they serve. We are also grateful to Staples Foundation for Learning for their commitment to children’s literacy and their continued support of the RIF Care to Read program."

"RIF's Care to Read program is an important literacy program that ensures children grow their reading and language skills at a critical stage in their development," said Joy Errico, spokesperson for Staples Foundation for Learning. "Staples Foundation for Learning is continuing its support of Reading Is Fundamental to ensure toddlers and preschoolers embrace reading and develop their language skills before entering kindergarten."

Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), founded in 1966, motivates children to read by working with them, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life. RIF’s highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to age 8. Through community volunteers in every state and U.S. territory, RIF provides 4.6 million children with 15 million new, free books and literacy resources each year. For more information and to access reading resources, visit RIF’s website at www.rif.org.

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About Staples Foundation for Learning
The mission of Staples Foundation for Learning, Inc. is to teach, train and inspire. Founded in 2002, the foundation has contributed nearly $11.5 million to national and local charities that provide educational opportunities and job skills for all people, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youth. Staples Foundation for Learning has also developed lasting relationships with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Earth Force, Hispanic Heritage Foundation and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. In addition, Staples Foundation for Learning supports Ashoka, an organization that develops and supports social entrepreneurs around the world, in eight countries: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and the United States. For more information about the foundation or how to apply for a grant, please visit http://www.staplesfoundation.org/.

Layla Wright-Contreras,
Media Relations Manager

Reading Is Fundamental Receives Support from Staples Foundation for Learning