INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – The Learning Alliance and the Kindergarten Readiness Collaborative have announced a merger, effective April 1. The goal is to establish a continuum of services for children from birth to eight years old in Indian River County.

“This merger will allow both organizations to better focus their combined resources in preparing children for school by uniting under a single umbrella,” said TLA Chair Ray Oglethorpe.

The board of KRC formally asked TLA to consider merging in 2019. TLA investigated the opportunity and determined that the combination was a strategic fit that would actively advance the mission of TLA and its Moonshot Moment campaign to ensure that all children are reading for kindergarten, and that 90% of children are reading on grade level by the end of third grade.

The groups say the integrated model will lead to a more efficient use of resources to make a significant impact to improve literacy county-wide.

Barbara Hammond, CEO of TLA, said “KRC's mission aligns with ours, and the merger will ensure accelerated outcomes and more efficiency in existing services for children from birth to eight years old. KRC’s collaborative model in service of the Moonshot Moment mission will expand our reach within our Moonshot community and also support the ongoing work of our common local partners to create greater impact for children and families in Indian River County.”

Dr. Fran Adams, chair of KRC and member of the Moonshot Community Action Network, said “KRC was formed to support children before they enter kindergarten, and for the past six years has worked side by side with TLA and many other nonprofits in the county to develop a family-centered, high quality early education system. We on the KRC board and in MCAN are excited that these two organizations will combine to create an even more compelling model.”

“Our team is extremely proud of the strides we have made in the last two years in Indian River County, particularly in Fellsmere and Gifford,” said Dr. Nivea Torres, executive director of KRC. “The prospect of reaching even more families and preparing little ones for kindergarten as part of TLA is very exciting,”

For more information about TLA, KRC, or MCAN visit www.thelearningalliance.org, www.krcirc.org, and www.moonshotmoment.org.

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