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From the Dean’s Newsletter:

Global Health Seed Grant and a S2,000,000 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Funds the Expansion of a Bilingual Family Literacy Program Designed to Help Latinx Children and Parents Get Ready for Kindergarten

Distinguished Professor Lesley Mandel- Morrow: Director of the Center for Literacy Development has been working with Dr. Manuel Jimenez MD. pediatrician at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Jimenez who is leading this project is a strong promoter of Reach Out and Read. This is a pediatric organization that promotes literacy development in the practice of pediatric medicine.  Dr. Morrow has contributed her expertise to the developing the family literacy development program.

The project just received a $2,000,000 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality  to promote school readiness for Latinx children with a bilingual curriculum that uses health and wellness themes to teach language and literacy skills to pre-schoolers. The children in the program are from New Brunswick who are dual-language learners from low-income backgrounds. This is a population that the U.S. Department of Education considers at elevated risk for school readiness.

Faculty from Rutgers-Camden’s Department of World Languages and the medical school’s Eric B. Chandler Health Center also are involved in the program, which is supported in part by a global health seed grant from Rutgers Global Health Institute. Click the link below to learn more!

Reading Zone created by the Center for Literacy Development in the Chandler Pediatric Clinic in New Brunswick where the Reach out and Read Family Literacy Program happens.