Feb 03 2005

SHELBY ANNOUNCES $100,000 FOR THE SYLACAUGA ALLIANCE FOR FAMILY ENHANCEMENT

U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-AL) today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission has approved $100,000 for the Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement. These funds will be used for the Parental Enhancement Project which will continue to assist 100 families with 3 to 5 year old children in Coosa and Talladega Counties.

These funds will be used to create a family support initiative providing comprehensive family literacy and featuring four basic elements, including an early intervention component designed to prepare preschoolers for school and lifelong learning. The program also involves an adult literacy component to provide GED training, life skills development, and employability training. It will also offer a parenting component that will provide instruction and hands-on experience to empower parental effectiveness. Finally the funds will also be used for an interactive parent/child learning component to strengthen family bonding and empower parents to serve as their child’s first and best teacher.

“I am pleased that the Appalachian Regional Commission has approved these funds for the Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement. It is critical that we focus on the fundamental values of building a strong learning environment for our children. Healthy families are key to the future success of our children,” Sen. Shelby said.