November 18, 2009 > Kidango receives grant to create a lending library
Kidango receives grant to create a lending library
Submitted By Leigh M. Corrigan-Owens
Kidango recently announced a partnership with Target in recognition of its efforts to create their Lending Libraries in their preschool centers in Alameda County. Lending Libraries give families the resources they need to extend learning to their homes and gives them the opportunity to bond and learn new things together. "We are thrilled that Target was able to honor us with a grant to create a Lending Library at our Hillview Crest Preschool in Hayward. We know from experience that Lending Libraries help parents, caregivers and children increase their reading time together at home. Reading together is an important part of developing literacy skills in young children. We are dedicated to supporting children and families in the Bay Area through our mission of inspiring children, empowering families and building stronger communities" said Paul Miller, Executive Director of Kidango.
This grant is part of ongoing efforts by Target to strengthen families and communities throughout the country. Since opening its doors, Target has given 5 percent of its income to organizations that support education, the arts, social services and volunteerism. Today that equals more than $3 million every week. "At Target, our local grants are making a difference in the communities we serve," said Laysha Ward, president, Community Relations, Target. "We're proud to partner with Kidango as part of our ongoing commitment to give back to the communities where our guests and team members live and work." As a leader in early care and education, Kidango offers a wide variety of programs to meet the diverse needs of children 0-12 years of age and their families. Currently, Kidango operates 40 child development centers throughout the Bay Area.