HRDC's Head Start Program receives "Striving Readers" funding for new literacy initiative for pre-schoolers

Juneau Announces Awardees of $7.6 Million Striving Readers Grant
Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 10:16 am

Montana One of Six States to Receive Grant for Improving Literacy
Helena, MT – Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau announced the Montana schools who will receive $7.6 million in federal grant funding for the 2011-2012 school year to advance literacy skills, reading and writing for students from early childhood through grade 12. This competitive grant was awarded to only six states and will be renewed for the 2012-2013 school year. More than 10,000 students will benefit from the Striving Readers grant.
Superintendent Juneau said, “Reading and writing are vital skills every child must have for their future academic and economic success. This grant will allow Montana to build on successful programs and seek out innovative strategies to improve literacy for children of all ages.”
The goal of The Montana Striving Reader’s Project is to dramatically improve literacy achievement for all students and to provide support systems for districts, special education preschools and Head Start programs. Twenty-eight districts and eight established preschool and Head Start Programs applied for the grant. The Office of Public Instruction is awarding 10 grants to school districts, which includes 29 schools, and five grants to Head Start and preschool programs throughout the state.
Juneau continued, “We know that students who struggle with reading are at a higher risk of dropping out of school. This grant is going to provide us with another tool to ensure Montana students are achieving at high levels and earning their high school diploma.”
The Office of Public Instruction is using this grant to improve school readiness and success from early childhood through grade 12 in the area of language and literacy development with an emphasis in closing the achievement gaps among all student groups including low-income students, students with disabilities, American Indian students and limited-English proficient students.
Additionally, the OPI will work with grantees to decrease the percentage of students who drop out of high school and implement a data-driven decision-making process to collect, analyze, and use high-quality data to assess the effectiveness of literacy programs.
The HRDC Human Resource Development Council (Gallatin Gateway, Bozeman, Livingston, Belgrade) Head Start Program will receive $167,018.
More information on the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program:

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Ron served as Bozeman’s Assistant City Manager from 1990 to 2008. After retiring, Ron joined our Board in 2011. Ron received his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Montana in 1977, and his Masters in Science in Rural, Town, and Regional Planning from the University of Montana in 1987.

During his time with the City of Bozeman, Ron saw the important role that HRDC has played in our community. Ron has seen that HRDC provides necessary social services to assure that all Bozeman residents could obtain housing, food, training, employment and the other necessities of life. He also came to understand that HRDC was always able to respond immediately as new community needs arose. Ron believes that the dedication, hard work, and compassion of HRDC’s staff make it a real honor to serve on the Board.

Ron also serves on the Trails, Open Space and Parks Committee for the City of Bozeman, and as a volunteer with the Red Cross. One of Ron’s favorite activities is walking his beloved dog every day, enjoying many of Bozeman’s trails and parks, like Burke Park, Bozeman Creek, and the Hyalite and Mount Ellis areas. Ron and his wife Claire enjoy spending their days with family, friends, and time outdoors.