FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New York, New York | January 3, 2017
Word Rebel received a grant from The Shaughnessy Family Foundation at the end of the 2015 and 2016 fiscal year to provide a total of 700 books to children living in the highest-poverty neighborhoods in New York City. The Shaughnessy Family Foundation’s ongoing support will make it possible for Word Rebel to strategically reallocate resources and expand to 10 new NYCHA childcare partners in 2017. By partnering with a total of 30 childcare centers, Word Rebel can continue 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 literacy programming to 2,000 at-risk children for the third year in a row.
“Word Rebel is so grateful to receive the Shaughnessy Family Foundation Grant in both 2015 and 2016, “said Word Rebel Executive Director, Lauren Martin. “Their support will allow us to serve 2,000 children for three consecutive years from 2015 – 2017.”
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, firstname.lastname@example.org