NEW ORLEANS – Community organizations that work with children and families are invited to apply for a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities to host a PRIME TIME reading program in spring 2022.
Applications will be accepted between October 1 and 15 at www.primetimefamily.org. Schools, libraries, museums, churches and other community agencies are eligible and must have a valid EIN number to apply.
“We are delighted to have PRIME TIME available to Louisiana families again this spring and will adapt our programs as needed as recovery efforts from Hurricane Ida continue in our state,” said Shelley Stocker. , vice president of education programs at LEH. âDuring this application cycle, we ask programs to let us know how they prefer to organize programming and are willing to support in-person or virtual programs depending on the needs of each community. “
Organizations may choose to host a PRIME TIME Family Reading Program for families with children ages 6-10 or a PRIME TIME Preschool Reading Program for families with children ages 3-5. Each PRIME TIME program begins with a storyteller reading a carefully chosen children’s book. Families are then engaged in a discussion around the themes addressed in the book.
Organizations with approved applications agree to run the 90-minute sessions once a week for six weeks. Priority for grants is given to agencies targeting educational and economically vulnerable populations.
Each partner site will receive a site support allowance of $ 1,000 and a set of children’s books used during the program, and participating families will be allowed to keep all books for their personal libraries. Participation in PRIME TIME reading programs is free for organizations or families.
âPRIME TIME provides all the training, books and support needed to make it easy for any community organization to implement a reading program,â said Miranda Restovic, President and CEO of LEH and PRIME TIME, Inc. âThese Programs offer organizations an opportunity to help families spend time together to strengthen family bonds, while promoting literacy within their own communities.
Programs will receive notification of their application status in mid-November, with training for selected programs in January 2022.
PRIME TIME Spring Programs are made possible by the Baptist Community Ministries Foundation, BHP, Community Foundation of North Louisiana, Cleco, Entergy Charitable Foundation, Keller Family Community Foundation, Lamar Foundation, RosaMary Foundation, Shell, Union Pacific and the WK Kellogg Foundation.
About PRIME TIME, Inc.
PRIME TIME Inc. offers a unique, humanities-oriented, results-based suite of programs designed to engage new and underserved children and families. PRIME TIME programs are proven to generate long-term improvements in family engagement and student academic success. All PRIME TIME-based programs offer partner sites such as libraries, schools, museums and other community service agencies, research-based initiatives that directly engage children, parents, teachers, administrators education and community in high quality, family-centered learning experiences. Learn more about www.primetimefamily.org.
About the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities to all residents of the state. Guided by the vision that everyone can achieve their full potential through the humanities, LEH partners with communities, institutions and individuals to deliver grant-funded outreach programs, literacy initiatives for all ages, publications, film and radio documentaries, museum exhibitions, public lectures, library projects, the magazine 64 Paroisses and other various public programs in the humanities. For more information visit www.leh.org.