EPIC Awarded $25,000 From KeyBank & First Niagara Foundation

BUFFALO, NY – EPIC-Every Person Influences Children is honored to be the recipient of $25,000 from the KeyBank, in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation. This funding will directly support EPIC's Ready, Set, Read! program.
“EPIC’s Ready, Set, Read! Program provides parents with innovative tools to help them teach their children about the skills, knowledge and sense of imagination that reading grows and nurtures,” said Elizabeth Gurney, Director of Corporate Philanthropy at KeyBank and Executive Director of the First Niagara Foundation. “We applaud EPIC for the impactful work they are doing to develop and promote this program, and create positive learning experiences for parents and children. We are proud to support them as they work to strengthen families and build community.”
Ready, Set, Read! is a literacy program designed with the entire family in mind, and primarily geared toward ages birth through eight years. Parents learn hands-on techniques and gain essential knowledge to help them create positive learning experiences in their home and everyday surroundings. While parents and caregivers are learning about learning styles and brain development, their children are getting hands on experiences that will help them develop their literacy skills.
"More than 65,000 adults in Buffalo are functionally illiterate," says Tara N. Burgess, EPIC's Executive Director. "This fun and interactive series helps break the cycle of intergenerational illiteracy by giving parents practical guidance and building their confidence."
Jamie Rackl, EPIC's Director of Family Engagement and Professional Development, agrees. "Reading together creates a bond, giving children a sense of intimacy and well-being," she says. "It can calm them, build their listening skills and imagination, encourage a longer attention span and overall increase the communication between parents and children."
For additional information, please contact EPIC's Director of Development and Marketing, Liz Vetrano.