Miami-Dade Public Library System awarded grant funding from The Children’s Trust to enhance STEAM‑based programming and the Library’s Homework Help and Tutoring Program
MDPLS Technobus Mobile Digital Lab
(Miami, FL – December 6, 2018) The Miami‑Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) is pleased to announce it has received a $125,000 grant from The Children’s Trust. The funds will support enhancement of MDPLS’s Homework Help and Tutoring Program and Technobus digital literacy programming.
MDPLS’s Homework Help and Tutoring Program, which launched earlier this year, provides students grades K‑12 with free tutoring from certified teachers at 18 library locations. To date, approximately 800 students are being served by this program each week.
“With this support from The Children’s Trust we will be able to provide additional tutoring hours to meet the strong demand for this program and improve tutor‑to‑student ratios,” said Library Director Ray Baker.
The grant will also support enhancement of MDPLS Technobus services. The mobile digital lab provides instructor‑led STEAM and digital literacy programming to children and youth in underserved communities.
“Nearly 80 percent of all available jobs in the next 10 years will require technology skills, so increasing youth access to STEAM and digital services is critical,” said James Haj, President and CEO of The Children’s Trust. “We’re very pleased to make this collaboration with MDPLS possible.”
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The mission of the Miami-Dade Public Library System is to provide extraordinary services, spaces and experiences that promote literacy and learning, personal growth and limitless opportunities. Learn more at www.mdpls.org.
About The Children’s Trust
The Children’s Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami‑Dade County. To learn more, visit www.thechildrenstrust.org.
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