September/October 2014 

 

Miranda Restovic
Director
504.620.2486
Shantrell Austin
Associate Director
504.620.2625
austin@leh.org

Christopher Robert
Assistant Director
504.620.2639
Adrienne McFaul, Ph.D.
Assistant Director
504.523.4252
Tara Zapp
Assistant Director
504.620.2627
Faye Flanagan
Senior Consultant
504.620.2485
Holly Bell, Ph.D.
Education Consultant
504.620.2627
Deatrice Green
Special Projects Coordinator
 

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Shell-PRIME TIME Investment and Impact Exceeds $1 Million

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A milestone in the LEH's 43-year history was recently achieved, via the fourth year renewal of "The Shell-LEH National Gulf States PRIME TIME Initiative." This unprecedented multi-year initiative is delivering outcomes-driven family literacy/critical thinking (PRIME TME Family Reading Time) and teacher professional development programming (PRIME TIME HomeRoom) to thousands of children, parents, and educators across Louisiana, as well as in four other Gulf South states: Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.

 

The Shell Oil Company and Foundation's latest gift of $175,000 for Year Four of the partnership brings the company's total investment in PRIME TIME to $808,000. When combined with more than $400,000 in matching support from the LEH and its partnering institutions, the initiative easily surpasses the $1 million mark for total investment and impact.  Read more.

PRIME TIME and the LEH Launch the "Light Up for Literacy" Campaign
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On Thursday, September 18th, the LEH and PRIME TIME launched "Light Up for Literacy" in New Orleans at the home of LEH board member Deborah Harkins.  "Light Up for Literacy" is a statewide campaign to recognize those who work to improve the literacy skills of Louisiana's children. This year, New Orleans artist Ashley Porter partnered with the LEH to create a unique set of earrings. Sales of the earrings will benefit the LEH's literacy programs.

 

Porter Lyons' mission includes a commitment to "furthering education and protecting the environment of people and places around the world." Its first collection was inspired by New Orleans and Porter Lyons focuses it's efforts on Louisiana.

 

Visit www.porterlyons.com for more information or to make a purchase.  

 

NOTE:  Earrings do not actually light up.

Spring 2015 PRIME TIME Program Applications Available!


The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is now accepting applications for Spring 2015 programs in Louisiana.  Public libraries, schools, early learning centers, community centers and other public institutions are encouraged to apply.

 

Click here to learn more about PRIME TIME and how it yields long-term improvements in student academic achievement among school-aged children and builds school-readiness skills among preschool-aged children.  

 

Available Program Applications (click links):

Eligible Partner Organizations:

  • Library Systems and Individual Branches
  • School Districts, Charter Organizations, and Individual Schools
  • Early Learning / Head Start Centers
  • Museums 
  • Community Service Agencies  

PRIME TIME applications are available twice annually for Fall and Spring/Summer sessions.  The deadline to apply for programs that will take place during Spring 2015 is Wednesday, October 15th.  Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by Friday, October 24th.

 

Click here to access a PRIME TIME grant application.  For more information about PRIME TIME please download our program brochure, or email primetime@leh.org.

PRIME TIME Preschool Awards Announced for Northwest & Southeast Louisiana
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PRIME TIME is pleased to announce the winners of PRIME TIME Preschool program grants in Northwest and Southeast Louisiana.  PRIME TIME Preschool is an early childhood program aimed at improving school readiness and reading habits amongst preschool aged children and their families. The following early childhood education providers were recently approved to participate in this project. 

 

Site

Region

City

Parish

Maria Immacolata Catholic School

Southeast

Houma

Terrebonne

Pleasant View Missionary Baptist Church

Southeast

Houma

Terrebonne

St. Lucy CDC

Southeast

Houma

Terrebonne

Eighty-first Street ECE

Northwest

Shreveport

Caddo

Childrens Garden

Northwest

Bossier

Bossier

Galilee Learning Center

Northwest

Shreveport

Caddo

Genesis Childcare

Northwest

Shreveport

Caddo

Multicultural Development Center

Northwest

Bossier City

Bossier

Melodyland Childcare Center #2

Northwest

Shreveport

Caddo

Southland Park Learning Center

Northwest

Shreveport

Caddo

 

The current preschool site schedule is available here.

 

Applications are still being accepted from eligible providers in Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes.  Click here for additional information.

 

During a 3-year project, each site will implement 2 PRIME TIME Preschool programs annually.  In September, PRIME TIME staff members will travel to the Northwest and Southeast to train team members on strategies for successfully planning and implementing PRIME TIME Preschool

 

We are excited to further expand the reach of PRIME TIME Preschool in Louisiana and welcome these early childhood education providers into the PRIME TIME family.

PRIME TIME Preschool Heads to Nebraska!

(HN) is a longtime PRIME TIME partner that continues to impact communities throughout the Cornhusker State. In fall 2014, HN adds PRIME TIME Preschool to its programming. HN's first preschool program kicks off in partnership with Lincoln Elementary School in Norfolk.

 

Select HN PRIME TIME team members attended the July training workshop in New Orleans where they learned coordination and implementation strategies from the PRIME TIME staff and its consultants. 

 

Since 2002 Humanities Nebraska has partnered with sites around the state to bring PRIME TIME to families with children ages 5 to 10, reaching approximately 6,000 Nebraskans through 130 PRIME TIME programs. The LEH and PRIME TIME staff thank Humanities Nebraska for deepening their commitment to PRIME TIME and humanities-based literacy programming their state.

January 2015 PRIME TIME Training Workshops
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The next PRIME TIME Training Workshops are scheduled for Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the Louisiana Humanities Center at Turners' Hall in New Orleans.  During PRIME TIME Training Workshops, staff and veteran team members provide an intense review of the program methodology, planning strategies, and implementation techniques for those who are new to the program.

 

Affiliate project directors should begin considering whether any team members will need training and prepare to alert the PRIME TIME staff via online Affiliate Data Forms by Monday, December 1, 2014. Louisiana and affiliate trainees will receive preliminary details on the training in mid-December.  

 

While training workshops are only open to team members who are affiliated with an upcoming program, we welcome inquiries from others about the program, its methodology, and the structure of the training workshops.  Such inquiries should be directed to the PRIME TIME staff.