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Tillicum Head Start students receive books to improve literacy

Tillicum Head Start students have new books to improve their reading skills thanks to a grant from the Molina Foundation. The school received 1,100 books for Tillicum’s Head Start and the school’s Early Head Start home visiting program, which delivered the books to families at their houses.

“The goal is to build home libraries so every child has the opportunity to read,” said Rachel Voorhees Orose, director of network and business development with the Molina Foundation.

Eduvina Reveles with Early Head Start collaborated with Molina Healthcare and was awarded the grant from the Molina Foundation. Molina representatives distributed the books to students on Oct. 22.

“This is a great opportunity for our students and families,” said Tillicum Elementary principal Jeff Miller. “The earlier we can get books into the hands of our students, the better the results in the classroom. They’ll be that much better prepared for kindergarten.”

Head Start is a federal program that provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition and parent involvement services to eligible children and their families. Early Head Start is a federally funded home visiting program that serves income eligible pregnant women and children up to three years of age.

The Molina Foundation is a national nonprofit organization focused on reducing disparities in access to education and health. Molina Healthcare is a multi-state health care organization that arranges for the delivery of health care services and offers health information management solutions to nearly five million individuals and families who receive their care through Medicaid, Medicare and other government-funded programs in 15 states.


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Tillicum Head Start students receive books on Oct. 22 thanks to a grant from the Molina Foundation.