The new Family Literacy Project funded by the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust will try to break the cycle in which children of poorly educated parents in turn drop out of school.
The Southern Regional Education Board has received nearly $750,000 to run the project, which will develop model programs to involve at-risk preschool children and their parents in attending school together.
In addition to providing parents with instruction in child-rearing, the programs will teach children basic school-readiness skills and help parents to obtain the equivalent of a high-school degree.
The new project is patterned after Kentucky's Parent and Child Education Program, or pace, which now operates in 18 rural sites. It will try to replicate that effort in urban settings, beginning with Louisville, Ky., and sites in North Carolina.
The sreb will also conduct research on the model programs and encourage the creation of family-literacy projects nationwide.
Sharon B. King will become the sixth president of the Edward W. Hazen Foundation, when its current president, Richard Magat, retires at the end of April.
The 63-year-old foundation operates a national program of grantsmaking aimed principally at youth development. In 1987, it made grants totaling $451,716.
Ms. King, a lawyer, is a senior policy analyst in the office of the Manhattan Borough President in New York City. Her previous experience includes four years as a program associate for the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation.
The chairman of the foundation's board announced Ms. King's appointment last month.
Following his retirement, Mr. Magat will be a visiting fellow at the Foundation Center and the Yale Program on Nonprofit Organizations. He will also continue to serve as book editor of Foundation News and as editor of a series of reprints of classics in philanthropy and social welfare.
The Aetna Life & Casualty Foundation Inc. has provided $94,000 to two national organizations to help recruit and retain more minority students in higher education.
The American Council on Education and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities will identify programs at higher-education institutions to increase the enrollment and retention of minority students; share those strategies with approximately 200 other colleges and universities during a series of four workshops in 1988; and publish and disseminate workshop presentations.
Traditionally black colleges will also be invited to attend the conferences and to give presentations.--lo