Community Concepts receives books for families

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LEWISTON — The Molina Foundation has donated 708 books to Community Concepts, which will give them to families through its Head Start Early Learning Centers and Home Visiting program.

The donation is part of the Molina Foundation’s Books Across Maine campaign, which seeks to bolster the state’s goal to increase literacy. The California-based nonprofit’s book donation aims to benefit low-income and at-risk children by providing resources to encourage reading and sharing stories.

Community Concepts will organize a book giveaway in early September to mark the beginning of the new school year. Children in Head Start and Home Visiting programs, from infants to children age 4, will receive the free books.

“We are honored to receive this generous donation of books,” said Shawn Yardley, CEO of Community Concepts. “These books will help support the success of the children and families we serve. We know that literacy is the key to progress for our community, and every book is another step in that direction.”

Community Concepts operates Head Start centers in Oxford and Franklin counties and a Home Visiting program in Oxford County. Anyone can qualify to have a Home Visitor come into the home to answer questions about parenting and being their child’s first teacher. Head Start is open to low- and moderate-income families. Community Concepts is always accepting applications.

FMI: [email protected], 207-739-6536.

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Community Concepts Children’s Service workers go through books donated to Maine children by the Molina Foundation.
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