Childhood literacy

Empowering Children to Break The Cycle Of Poverty

By age 3, children in poverty are exposed to 30 million fewer words than children in high-income homes.

The Scripps Howard Foundation is committed to closing the word gap for children in need. The ability to read can help lift children out of poverty and create a better-informed world.

Since January 2017, the Foundation made more than $215,000 in grants through the Bob Scripps Community Fund to boster childhood literacy in communities across the country:

• More than $300,000 in books were donated to children living in poverty nationwide through our “If you give a child a book. . . .” campaign. The Scripps community donated funds to purchase the books that local organizations distributed.

• $100,000 in childhood literacy grants went to 10 nonprofits in Scripps markets

• $25,000 was matched during the School on Wheels annual fundraising campaign. The nonprofit provides tutoring services to more than 350 children experiencing homelessness in Indianapolis.

Funding family literacy

In Greater Cincinnati, the Scripps Howard Foundation partnered with The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Duke Energy Foundation and WCPO 9 On Your Side to award $150,000 in family literacy grants in April.

Princeton City School District received $100,000 to fund its year-round book mobile center. This volunteer-driven project brings books and tutoring into the community, enabling families to borrow and access materials and technology.

Two $25,000 grants were awarded to Dayton Independent Schools in Northern Kentucky and the Children’s Home of Cincinnati.