FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New York, New York | January 9, 2018
Word Rebel received a grant from The Shaughnessy Family Foundation at the end of the 2015, 2016 and 2017 fiscal year – funding a total of 1,000 books for children living in some of the highest-poverty neighborhoods in New York City. Word Rebel is partnered with over 20 daycare centers to empower low-income families to teach their children reading and vocabulary skills from birth to preschool. Thanks largely in part to Ellen Martin and Joseph Shaughnessy, Word Rebel will be able to provide brand new books and evidence-based literacy interventions to 1,500 at-risk children for the fourth year in a row. The Shaughnessy Family Foundation’s ongoing support has made it possible for Word Rebel to expand its programming, by providing a second annual book shipment to six of its highest-need daycares in 2018.
“Word Rebel is so grateful to receive the Shaughnessy Family Foundation Grant for three consecutive years, “said Word Rebel Executive Director, Lauren Martin. “In 2018, their support will allow us to provide two books – instead of just one – to 330 of our at-risk children under five years old.”
Word Rebel is a 501(c)(3) charity that provides high quality books and early childhood literacy programming to families of children under five. Since 2015, Word Rebel has partnered with subsidized childcare centers to serve children living below the poverty line in New York City. Founded by Special Education Curriculum Writer and Educator, Lauren Martin, the mission of Word Rebel is to close the preschool readiness gap and subsequent achievement gap in education by connecting parents of young children to the resources they need to read aloud and teach vocabulary from birth.
CONTACT: Lauren Martin, Executive Director, Word Rebel, email@example.com