Kalamazoo organizations win national grants to fill childcare gap
KALAMAZOO, MI -- More than $200,000 is coming to Kalamazoo-area organizations to help in efforts to fill the childcare gap. Grants from the Early Childhood Investment Corporation will help the Kalamazoo Literacy Council and Pulse at the W.E. The grant will fund phase three of the Edison Early Childhood Education Career Pathway, which has been in the works in Kalamazoo’s Edison Neighborhood since January 2020, Evans said. Related: 24-hour childcare center filling a big need in Kalamazoo’s Edison neighborhoodThe third phase of the project will increase wages and the quality of working conditions for those employed in early childcare. The project is a collaboration between Kalamazoo Literacy Council and YWCA Kalamazoo, Southwest Child Care Resources, Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan, Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative Kalamazoo and Youth Opportunities Unlimited.mlive.com
Western Michigan University partners with Kalamazoo nonprofit, to work toward literacy for all
KALAMAZOO, MI — Western Michigan University and the Kalamazoo Literacy Council have announced a new collaboration to improve adult literacy in the region. “Western Michigan University has had a history of dedicating efforts to promote civic engagement in our community,” Montgomery said in a statement. That has included service-learning developments, internship opportunities for students and defining relevant areas of research to expand knowledge on adult literacy issues. “The Kalamazoo Literacy Council educated the public about the needs of adults who struggle to read,” Evans said. The free symposium, “Fostering Leadership and Equity Through Adult Literacy,” facilitates cooperation between the academic research of best practices in adult literacy and community-based application of best practices, WMU said in a statement.mlive.com
Bucs, Lightning, Rays transform Tampa Bay into Titletown
Many partied while defying a local order mandating masks even be worn outdoors during Super Bowl week, and drawing sharp criticism from some public officials. The Lightning won the Stanley Cup and the Rays went to the World Series. Those guys had our backs throughout the season, both the Tampa Bay Rays and the Tampa Bay Lightning. They were rooting us on.”AdSome of the Lightning players wore Bucs jerseys on the team’s flight to Nashville, too. “We try to watch the Super Bowl every year.