Campus: CSU Long Beach -- December 8, 2004
S. Mark Taper Foundation Awards $50,000 Grant to REACH Project
at Cal State Long Beach to Support of Early Childhood Professionals
The S. Mark Taper Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to the REACH Project
at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) to support the training and
development of early childhood professionals involved in the program.
REACH (Readiness and Early Activities for Children from the Heart) is a five-year,
community collaborative designed to enhance the education and retention of early
childhood professionals in eight child care centers within the 90806 zip code of
the city of Long Beach. CSULB is the lead institution and its primary partners
are the Long Beach Unified School Districts Head Start Centers and Child Development
Center and the child care agency Young Horizons.
"The overall goal of the REACH Project is to improve children's school readiness,"
noted Sue Stanley, chair of the CSULB Family and Consumer Sciences Department and
director of the REACH Project. "Now, that's a pretty broad topic. So, within that
overall goal, we have chosen to focus our efforts on making sure that the early
childhood professionals have the best possible training to help prepare children
"We're very excited that the S. Mark Taper Foundation has chosen to participate in
this project," she continued. "The foundation's contribution will be used for the
early childhood professionals to complete the 'Early Steps for Reading Success'
course, and it will allow them to attend quarterly meetings that will help these
professionals stay updated on emergent literacy."
Stanley said that literacy is one of the most important preparations in developing
children's school readiness, and many of the REACH Project's efforts deal
specifically with literacy.
"This grant will help us make sure that all of the early childhood professionals
are qualified, under the universal preschool guidelines, to be preschool teachers,"
she added. "It also helps us meet an important designated community need of making
sure that every child has the opportunity to go to preschool."
The Taper Foundation joins an impressive list of fund-providing organizations that
are supporting the REACH Project, including the John S. and James L. Knight
Foundation. Other supporting groups include the William Keck Foundation, the
Confidence Foundation and the Crail Johnson Foundation.
Founded in 1989, the S. Mark Taper Foundation is a private family foundation
dedicated to enhancing the quality of people's lives by supporting nonprofit
organizations and their work in the community.
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