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Grant supports UW-Eau Claire program focused on preschool literacy

RELEASED: Oct. 24, 2011

Don Mowry Donna Lehmkuhl
Dr. Donald Mowry Dr. Donna Lehmkuhl

EAU CLAIRE — A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire-based program that helps support early childhood literacy efforts in the Chippewa Valley has received a $93,679 grant from Serve Wisconsin, the Wisconsin National and Community Service Board that funds AmeriCorps programs in the state.

Dr. Donald Mowry, director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for Service-Learning, and Dr. Donna Lehmkuhl, director of the Early Childhood Literacy Intervention Program, Services and Evaluation (ECLIPSE) at UW-Eau Claire, received the grant to fund the second year of the ECLIPSE program. The program was formerly known as Jumpstart and operated under that name for eight years at UW-Eau Claire before the ECLIPSE program began.

Through the ECLIPSE program, 45 UW-Eau Claire student AmeriCorps volunteers work with 3- to 5-year-old children from the Chippewa Valley on their school readiness. The college students work one-on-one with preschool children in the areas of language, literacy and social interaction skills. ECLIPSE currently partners with four early childhood programs in Eau Claire and Altoona.

The program has consistently improved the language and literacy skills of the young children who have been served by the program, Lehmkuhl said.

In addition to serving the preschool children, the ECLIPSE also benefits the UW-Eau Claire student volunteers by helping them build leadership, time management, team work and communication skills, Mowry said. The college students who have participated also have shown consistent gains in knowledge of early childhood education and development, he said.

In addition, student AmeriCorps volunteers have about an 80 percent graduation rate, which is higher than the average graduation rate for all students.

After completing their ECLIPSE service, university student volunteers receive an education award from the Corporation for National and Community Service. During the past nine years, UW-Eau Claire student volunteers who have completed the program have, as a group, earned a total of $404,928 in education awards, which helps them to stay in college, Lehmkuhl said.

The most recent grant will provide funding for ECLIPSE through Aug. 31, 2012.

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