UCP of Tampa Bay Celebrates National Summer Learning Week!

By Sunrise Group on July 15, 2016

Readers, readers everywhere! UCP of Tampa celebrates National Learning Day!

 Guest Blogger: Laura White, M.S., CCC/SLP
Executive Director
UCP of Tampa Bay, Inc

UCP of Tampa Bay would like to thank United Way Suncoast and Bess the Busfor their ongoing support in helping UCP ensure that our students have access to high-quality summer learning experiences during National Summer Learning Week!

United Way Suncoast understands that during the summer, families are faced with the high cost of child care and many low income households must choose between quitting their paying job to stay home with their child(ren) over the summer or leaving them with family or other unskilled child care. United Way’s Summer Care initiative ensures that low-income families have access to quality, education enriched summer child care while providing parents with financial literacy classes. UCP’s summer campers are fortunate enough to be part of the 589 children received scholarships, and 231 parents received financial education classes in which they learned about budgeting, dollar stretching, and credit/debt management. In addition, our students are a part of the 166 children who received individual tutoring through United Way Suncoast. Of those, 96% had no summer learning loss and on average, participants increased reading ability by 8 months.

Bess the Book Bus, Inc. is a mobile literacy outreach founded in 2002 in honor of Bess O’Keefe. Bess, nicknamed Nana Bus, taught me the joy of reading. Every weekend we would walk into town where I was able to choose a new book. I could not wait to get home and have her read to me. Nana Bus opened a new world for me every time she opened a book and started to read. Bess the Book Bus was founded on one simple premise – bring that same joy of reading to children everywhere. From humble beginnings with a Volkswagen Van, she now does many visits nationwide and gives tens of thousands of books to children of all ages. Year after year, Bess the Bus graciously supported not only our summer campers, but ALL of the students in our Early Childhood Education program.

Thanks again for helping UCP of Tampa Bay support National Summer Learning Week!

Soooo many choices thanks to Bess the Bus & United Way of the Suncoast!