The Weld Trust recently awarded grants in accordance with their key funding initiative, Childhood Literacy. Two of those grants were awarded to United Way of Weld County (UWWC).
The first grant awarded was for the Providers Advancing School Outcomes (PASO) Institute program. The program helps improve the quality of care provided by Spanish-speaking family, friend, and neighbor childcare providers. The participants complete 120 hours of early childhood care and education training. The Weld Trust grant assisted with test fees for Child Development Associate credentialing as well as childcare center kits including learning materials, child-friendly tables and chairs, smoke alarms, and fire extinguishers.
The second grant awarded by The Weld Trust was for the Colorado Reading Corps program. UWWC partners with AmeriCorps and Colorado Youth for a Change to offer the nationally recognized Colorado Reading Corps program in Weld County schools. The program is designed to build their literacy skills and reading proficiency with daily one-on-one tutoring to students in kindergarten through third grade who are behind to catch up to their grade level targets.
Together, we are working hard to help Weld County children be kindergarten ready and reading proficiently by third grade.