Cary, North Carolina—The Lucy Daniels Center’s Lucy’s Book Club (LBC) program has received a $24,000 grant from the Golden Corral Charitable Fund of Triangle Community Foundation. The contribution will be used to strengthen and expand Lucy’s Book Club in Wake County. Serving childcare centers in Wake, Durham, and Johnston counties, ten to fifteen centers per year are selected as LBC partners and receive critical early childhood education offerings to help ensure a highly qualified teaching staff; parent education; up to three LBC book selections per month, resulting in a complete reading library by the end of the program year; supplemental early childhood education learning materials; and volunteer engagement through guest readers. Lucy's Book Club is in direct accordance with Golden Corral’s charitable funding priorities as an educational program for young children ages 0-5.
“Lucy’s Book Club will be able to have an even broader impact in Wake County by supporting the emotional health of children through literacy and workforce development,” said Debra Mugno, Director of Education and Operations.
Lucy's Book Club supports healthy social and emotional development and early literacy skills while also promoting imaginative play, creative thinking, problem-solving, and self-regulation skills. LBC provides direct services for children ages 0-5 in their early education classroom environments; provides early childhood education professional development opportunities that are approved for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to childcare centers with 40% or more of children who receive subsidized care; provides parent workshops for LBC partners and the community at large; and provides volunteer opportunities for Golden Corral employees as guest readers and to assist with delivery of program materials.
Support from this grant will allow LBC to hire a part-time program coordinator by 2015 to allow for increased efficiency and program expansion, and double the number of centers served in Wake County to 12. Currently, there are 15 centers enrolled; six of those are in Wake. Two (2) workshops will be offered to each participating center, focusing on building childcare center libraries and evaluating appropriateness of children's books. At least one additional parent workshop will be offered at each center. Speakers will include children’s authors, senior level educators, and child development experts. An additional benefit to be added by 2015 is one free child observation conducted by LDC experts at each center per program year. All LBC partners will be invited to attend the annual Bookmarked! Conference which will focus on the role literacy plays in healthy emotional and social development of young children.
Lucy’s Book Club also receives support from PNC Bank and Caterpillar Foundation.
ABOUT THE LUCY DANIELS CENTER
Entering its 25th year of service to children and families, the Lucy Daniels Center is a nationally recognized model for childhood mental health education and services. The Center is the largest and most comprehensive non-profit focused on providing mental health services to young children and their families in the Triangle and is conveniently located at 9003 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513. For more information, visit www.lucydanielscenter.org.