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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Little Red Caboose Child Care, ECFE to promote early literacy

  •     Little Red Caboose Child Care and ECFE were two of  the 30 organizations to receive donated books through Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s (SMIF) BookStart program, a partnership between SMIF and Capstone.


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  •     Little Red Caboose Child Care and ECFE were two of  the 30 organizations to receive donated books through Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s (SMIF) BookStart program, a partnership between SMIF and Capstone.  
        This grant program, which awarded a total of 10,000 books valued at $179,390, is one of SMIF’S early childhood efforts focused on providing resources so all children can have a healthy life of learning, achieving, and succeeding.
        BookStart, now in its tenth year, has put approximately 50,000 books into the homes of children across southern Minnesota.  The goal is that every child has a book of his or her own at home to read or be read to by family members, which promotes a life-long love for reading.
        “We are pleased to be able to partner with Capstone to provide these books to promote early literacy and learning for our young children,” notes SMIF’S President and CEO Tim Penny.  “We believe investing in our young children is a long-term strategy that will lead to a capable workforce...”
     
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