Fund Invests in National Pre-Literacy Curriculum for Wilmington Schools

The trustees of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund awarded United Way of Delaware a $125,000 grant to launch the Nemours’ BrightStart! curriculum in the Moving the Needle literacy improvement initiative.

BrightStart! has helped close the reading readiness gap for thousands of children in schools, child care centers and other community settings for more than a decade. The program’s effective tools and training will help provide a solid foundation for Moving the Needle.

BrightStart! will be implemented in 10 public elementary school classrooms primarily made up of 4-year-old under-served children. During the school year, approximately 30 teachers will be trained in the BrightStart! curriculum to help students read at grade level and prepare them to succeed in school when they enter the first grade.

In addition, United Way received a grant of $75,000 to support expansion of $tand By Me, which provides free one-on-one support to Delawareans to help them understand more about their money, make good financial decisions, and enable them to plan for college, home ownership and retirement. Led by the State of Delaware and United Way of Delaware, $tand By Me partners with hundreds of organizations that provide access to the services throughout the state.

The Fund’s investment dollars in $tand By Me will continue to build the program’s impact by expanding and deepening partnerships with nonprofits, businesses, state agencies, educational institutions to provide financial coaching to economically vulnerable Delawareans.