Wow!! Amazing!! Game Changer!! These were just a few of the community reactions heard by Executive Director of the Stateline Community Foundation, Tara Tinder, and Dr. Bill Flanagan, Chair of the newly named Stateline Community Foundation’s Literacy for Life Initiative when they received word that Quint and Rishy Studer were making a very generous gift of $500,000 in support of the Foundation’s Literacy for Life Initiative. This game-changing gift will significantly impact the Initiative’s goal of promoting early childhood brain development and literacy for newborn babies born in Rock County, and will make it possible to address three specific goals of the Initiative.
The first goal of the Initiative addressed by this gift will be the hiring of a fulltime Director of Early Brain Development who will lead the effort in directing and growing the Foundation’s Literacy for Life Initiative in all of Rock County. A major goal of this position will be to register families for The Basics Program developed and designed at Harvard University by Dr. Ron Ferguson. As one part of this program, mothers will receive two texts each week that are calibrated to their child’s age. The first text will explain what a child’s brain development is at a particular time. The second text contains ideas and suggestions for what moms and families can do to help their baby’s brain develop from birth to age three.
When making their gift to the Foundation, Quint and Rishy Studer stated: “research shows us that 85% of the child’s brain is developed in a baby’s first three years of life. It is vital that we encourage and educate parents on how to develop their baby’s brain from day one.” The Studer’s believe The Basics program has been designed to implement this extensive research through its five tenets which have been shown to be extremely effective in early childhood brain development. For those interested in more information about The Basics, this link has been provided: thebasics.org
The second goal of the Initiative impacted by this gift will be the development of a united Rock County effort that ensures all children born in Rock County will be ready for kindergarten by age 5. Thanks to this gift, the Director of Early Brain Development will expand the number of health systems, school districts, communities, non-profits, businesses and others who believe that every child born in Rock County deserves the…