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Family center applies for a national grant

April 4, 2019

The Watertown Family Center has applied for a $100,000 USA Today “A Community Thrives” grant to support its work as an anchor partner in the future Watertown Public Library TalkReadPlay Center.

With broad public and private support, the city of Watertown will break ground on a new library in 2020. The Watertown Family Center, Watertown Public Library and Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation are working together to develop the new children’s library as a TalkReadPlay Center. The Watertown Family Center is requesting funds to help spearhead design of evidence-based programming that will set the center apart from other learning destinations in the region.

The center will be designed around the power of play in improving childhood outcomes.

“I am optimistic about a future where the Watertown Family Center plays a central role in the TalkReadPlay Center,” said Stephanie Curtis, Watertown Family Center director. “We envision a community-level focus on early child development and strengthening families. Funds from the ‘A Community Thrives’ grant will allow us to make this vision a reality.”

Funding from the “A Community Thrives” grant would support: dedicated space, materials and training to create best-in-class learning zones; training, materials and licensing for an evidence-based parenting program; and marketing and outreach to ensure programs reach the families that need them most.

The “A Community Thrives” grant will be awarded to 16 communities in June. The program was created as a way for organizations to share ideas for improving their community and to spotlight building ideas on the national stage.

Last week, the Watertown Family Center announced its participation in a related grassroots community fundraising campaign through CrowdRise. For more information on the CrowdRise challenge, visit www.crowdrise.com/wfctalkreadplaycenter.