Mount St. Joseph University

Mount St. Joseph University Receives Grant to Fight the Literacy Gap in the Cincinnati Region

Academics, Education, Press Releases, School of Education

By: London Bishop

File Under: education, faculty, grants, literacy



CINCINNATI, Ohio (February 4, 2019)—Mount St. Joseph University's School of Education has been awarded a $17,000 grant from Greater Cincinnati Foundation. This grant will support the School of Education faculty in creating Project Ready: An Early Learning Program to Close the Readiness Gap for Children Living in Poverty. This project, spearheaded by Dr. Amy Murdoch, Ph.D., aims to reduce the literacy gap between children experiencing poverty and more privileged children in the Cincinnati area.

There is strong evidence that early literary experiences—not only in schools, but at home—contribute to children’s’ academic success as they grow up. As highlighted in her grant proposal, Dr. Murdoch says that children in poverty are especially at risk: research shows that “only 21 percent of fourth graders living in poverty are reading at or above proficiency.”

This project aims to develop a comprehensive literacy instructional program for preschool children living in poverty and their families, and also incorporates teacher training and family education. By harnessing the power of early literary experiences for at-risk children, the education faculty at Mount St. Joseph University are aiming to make a significant difference.

“Being able to read is the core of a child’s education and their ability to succeed academically,” says Dr. Murdoch. “We have a tremendous opportunity to bring much-needed resources into the classrooms that will benefit from them most.”

“We are grateful to Greater Cincinnati Foundation for taking a stand with us to fight childhood illiteracy in our community,” says Linda Liebau, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. “Dr. Murdoch and her colleagues are eager to get started on this critical work.”

About the Mount

As a Catholic university rooted in the values of the Sisters of Charity, Mount St. Joseph University excels at serving the common good. Undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students at the Mount are inspired to think beyond the classroom and redraw the bounds of what’s possible for their future. This is accomplished through individualized educational experiences, a safe, secure campus environment, and an all-in commitment to seeing students reach their highest potential. The Mount fosters life-long learners who serve, care, and contribute to the world beyond their front doors.About the Greater Cincinnati Foundation

As the region’s leading community foundation, Greater Cincinnati Foundation connects people with purpose in an eight-county region in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. GCF is leading the charge toward a more vibrant Greater Cincinnati for everyone – now, and for generations to come. As of 2017, GCF is the 35th largest U.S. community foundation with net assets of $636 million.