Teton Literacy Center board, staff, children and families remain positive despite the statewide funding cuts for Family Literacy Programs. The center will continue to provide free services to the families in our community.
Teton Literacy Center is a family literacy center with enrichment, tutoring, parent and early childhood components. For over 20 years TLC has focused on building a center that provides comprehensive services for preschool through high school aged children and their families. TLC is unique in providing the only free afterschool, summer, tutoring, and family resources in our county. Programs allow all families, regardless of income level, to improve their literacy skills in a safe, family-friendly environment. Programs include Tutoring/Intervention, Family Literacy, and Enrichment.
“This is an unfortunate bump in the road, but we are not going to let it get us down. We were aware these funding cuts could arrive over the next 3 years. However, they arrived sooner than anticipated, but we are prepared to move forward. We have been working to create long term strategic plans that will enable us to diversify our funding and strengthen our programs,” stated Laura Soltau, Executive Director. Legislators held to their decision to defund Wyoming Family Literacy Programs across the state which will decrease TLC’s income by 35% starting July 1, 2016.
The need for TLC services continues to grow in our community and the center is determined to continue providing high quality educational opportunities for children and their families. “We served 555 students during the 2014-15 fiscal year,” added Soltau. “The demand for free services continues to increase with 25,040 service hours delivered to children in 2014-15 compared to 4,755 in 2010-11.” Through collaborative efforts with partnering organizations and loyal community support, the center will continue to provide current programs.
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