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Editorial: Focus on literacy key for south Manatee

January 27, 2018

Today, a coalition of community-based organizations is targeting some south Manatee County neighborhoods because that’s where the needs are.

Fortunately, the coalition plans to invest social and financial capital in those neighborhoods.

The group’s members will focus on advancing literacy but, as research and experience have shown, success will depend upon their ability to connect the community and its members to services that many residents of Manatee and our region take for granted: prenatal health for mothers and babies; day care for infants, and pre-kindergarten schooling for toddlers; safe neighborhoods; books for children and training in vocabulary-building; better elementary schools; adequate nutrition; affordable housing and more.

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