Community Foundation Helps Launch North Central Massachusetts’ Early Literacy Innovation Zone

The Early Literacy Innovation Zone will be a model for how private and public collaboration can help level literacy achievement gaps in suburban and rural regions


FITCHBURG, MA, May 24, 2018 – Community Foundation has provided a grant to help establish a regional Early Literacy Innovation Zone that will ensure thousands of area preschoolers, kindergartners, and elementary school students up to grade 3, have access to breakthrough educational software developed by Footsteps2Brilliance.


The Footsteps2Brilliance learning platform helps accelerate literacy achievement by combining mobile gaming technology with the latest research in cognitive development. Young learners will be able to access the software, in Spanish or English, on their parents’ mobile phones or tablet devices. Each student’s learning progress can be checked by their parents, guardians, or teachers, and aggregated data can be evaluated to assess the initiative’s overall effectiveness.


In addition to Community Foundation, Early Childhood Literacy Innovation Zone partners include United Way of North Central Massachusetts, FLLAC Educational Collaborative, Fitchburg State University, Footsteps2Brilliance and area cities and towns including Athol-Royalston, Ashby, Ayer-Shirley, Clinton, Fitchburg, Gardner, Leominster, Lunenburg, Narragansett, Pepperell, Townsend (North Middlesex), and Winchendon.


About Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts

The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts was created to provide a single resource that enables, supports, and simplifies the process of setting up – and contributing to - charitable endowments that can benefit and strengthen our community now, and in perpetuity. Since its founding in 2001, Community Foundation has overseen the distribution of more than $50,000,000 to positively impact the community across a broad array of initiatives, from health and human services, to education and the arts, to supporting environmental and animal welfare improvements.


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