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Former First Lady Barbara Bush (with Author Brad Meltzer in Drag) Makes Story Time for the Kiddies Pretty Insane

Sandra Sobieraj | People – This is not that story time. As part of September’s National Literacy Month activities, which culminate in next week’s National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, Bush, 91, teamed up with Brad Meltzer, the best-selling author of adult thrillers, to videotape her dramatic reading of one of his offerings for children: I am Lucille Ball. The pair, who have worked together for more than […]

Literacy program operating at schools in Lewiston, Mexico

Sun Journal | Connections | Maine – During the 2015-16 academic year, the Foundation operated 15 Teen Trendsetters programs that engaged nearly 300 pairs of teens (mentors) and elementary school students (mentees). Dr. Craig A. Mason, professor of Education and Applied Quantitative Methods from the University of Maine, recently conducted an independent evaluation of these programs, including a comparison study revealing that participating elementary school students showed […]

Barbara Bush Foundation’s Intensive Reading Programs Yield Impressive Results

Press Release | Maine – A public charity, the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy is marking this September as its 20th year of supporting and operating literacy programs in Maine. As part of a month-long focus on Maine, the Foundation is releasing an independent evaluation of its intensive reading program, Teen Trendsetters™ reading mentors, along with a compendium detailing the $6 million invested to […]

Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy Partners with Talk With Me Baby to Expand “Language Nutrition” Resources Nationwide

PR Newswire | Tallahassee, FL – The Foundation’s new partnership with Talk With Me Baby will help the initiative expand its training and resources—which thus far have been deployed only in Georgia—nationwide. A newly developed online toolkit, which includes a training curriculum to equip nurses and other care providers across the country to serve as Language Nutrition coaches in their own communities, will be among four initiatives highlighted at today’s White House Summit on Behavioral Science Insights in Washington, D.C. […]

Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy Partners with Talk With Me Baby to Expand “Language Nutrition” Resources Nationwide

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy is excited to announce its new partnership with Talk With Me Baby, a Georgia-based early learning initiative that the Foundation will help launch nationwide. Talk With Me Baby is a public action campaign aimed at coaching parents and caregivers on “Language Nutrition” – language sufficiently […]

Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy Announces Innovative Partnership with Global Incubator and Seed Fund 1776

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy is excited to announce its new partnership with 1776, a Washington, D.C.-based global incubator and seed fund. This is the most recent in a series of innovative moves that the Foundation has made toward envisioning and realizing bold, transformational solutions to the challenge of adult […]

Join Us in Voices for Literacy

Don’t you just love those moments of total “YES!?” How about an “AMEN!?” As literacy lovers celebrate our favorite month of the year—National Literacy Month—I thought I’d share a few shout-outs to those who are inspiring this work through the new Voices for Literacy campaign. We believe that in order to drive innovation and increase […]

Bush literacy program attracts celebrities But the real stars are those who gain reading skills

Brad Spiegel | Tribune Journal | Arundel, ME – In its years of existence, the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy has doled out more than $6 million for over 300 programs in Maine, one the few “anchor states.” Liza McFadden, president and CEO, noted that the teen mentor program has seen a 61 percent increase in reading ability for its participants, as compared to students who did not take part. That program is offered to first and second graders who are at least six months behind. […]

Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy Celebrates 20 years in Maine

Dustin Wlodkowski | WCSH 6 | Arundel, ME – “Over the last 20 years we’ve invested six million dollars in starting programs in Maine,” said Liza McFadden. “Now what we’re doing is, we’re a public charity, we’re also hoping that Mainers will come in and help support programs for youth and families in Maine.” […]

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