INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Tahoe’s Connection for Families was recently awarded the Bessie Minor Charitable Fund Grant in support of their Early Childhood Literacy Program. The grant funds a unique program designed to promote literacy in young children in the North Lake Tahoe community.TCF’s Early Childhood Literacy Program is a parent education series that teaches families the importance of reading aloud to their children, effective ways to read to their children to strengthen their literacy, and how to build their child’s home library with age-appropriate books.This program is unique; no other local organizations offer developmental education with an emphasis on literacy for families with children under 4 years old. Research from Education Northwest shows that “the earlier in a child’s educational process that parent involvement begins, the more powerful the effects.”In awarding this grant, the Bessie Minor Charitable Fund recognizes the positive impact an early childhood literacy program will have in our community. Educating parents, as well as young children, will maximize our future readers’ success in school.TCF will be implementing the Early Childhood Literacy Program starting May 30. The five-week series will take place every Wednesday through June 27. While parents attend the classes, TCF staff will engage children in literacy-building activities. For class times, check out the monthly calendar at www.tcfkids.com or call 775-832-8230.“The fundamentals for becoming a good reader are learned before children reach school age,” said Katherine Hoopengardner, TCF Board President. “This partnership between TCF and the Bessie Minor Charitable Fund will give parents the tools they need to grow successful readers.” The Bessie Minor Charitable Fund was formed by the owners and founder of Swift Communications, which owns and operates the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza and www.tahoebonanza.com, among other regional publications. TCF is very excited to have the support of this new partner to build childhood literacy in our community.