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Nov. 16, 2006
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Target awards grant to EMU's Jumpstart program to tackle illiteracy in preschool children

YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University’s Jumpstart program, which helps develop literacy and social skills in preschool children from the Ypsilanti School District, Lincoln Schools, Dorothy’s Discovery Center and the Adventure Center, has won a $1,000 grant from the Target Corporation.

“Jumpstart distributes materials to the families of children participating in the program, so the power of the one-on-one learning relationship can be reinforced at home during the time families spend together,” said Christie Cadmus, Jumpstart program coordinator. “With the Target community grant, we will be able to provide additional materials to ensure success.”

The grant will fund a new book each week for the 45 children enrolled in Jumpstart. Reading books will help prepare them for school, said Cadmus. Extensive research has shown that children, who know the alphabet by age five, will be able to read at the 10th grade level in the 10th grade.

EMU’s Jumpstart program was recently ranked number one in the nation with an average of 35 percent of its children meeting the required literacy and social levels, compared to 16 percent nationally. The scores are based on the modified High/Scope Educational Research Foundation’s Child Observation Record and the Jumpstart school success checklist.




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