In July, GWCF announced the kickoff of a citywide initiative to curb the early childhood education achievement gap. With the receipt of the multi-year evaluation report from the partners --United Way of Central Mass., the City of Worcester and Worcester Public Schools, the Worcester Education Collaborative, and Family Services of Central Mass. -- the project is helping some of the city's most vulnerable families.

GWCF, UWCM, WEC, WPS, FSCM and the City of Worcester have formed the Summer Literacy Initiative, a united front in the fight against summer learning loss. The program introduces high quality, fun literacy-rich activities to the summer experiences for the kids most at risk and it is being done on a large scale.

Together GWCF and UWCM have committed $136,000 to summer learning in 2016 and both organizations are committed for the long term. Chris O'Keeffe from Greater Worcester Community Foundation and Raquel Castro-Corazzini from the City of Worcester talk about reducing the achievement gap in early childhood education with Hank Stolz.

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