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Nemours Brightstart! Executive Director to Help Library of Congress Select Award Winners

Monday, Apr 22, 2013


Dr. Laura Bailet, Executive Director of Nemours Brightstart!

The Library of Congress has named Dr. Laura Bailet, Executive Director of Nemours Brightstart!, to serve on the Advisory Board of the new Library of Congress Literacy Awards. She will join a distinguished group of men and women in the field of literacy, including former First Lady, Laura Bush. Bush will serve as the Honorary Chair of the Board.

Bailet will help review programs or organizations that combat illiteracy or show sustained advancement of literacy and determine which should receive a financial award.

Dr. Bailet was asked to lend her expert knowledge to the Board because of her “knowledge of the subject as well as her dedication to helping those with reading difficulties through Nemours BrightStart!,” said Dr. John Y. Cole, Director of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

Nemours BrightStart! develops innovative and highly effective tools and programs to prevent reading failure in young children. Funded and developed through the Nemours Foundation, a large pediatric health system, Nemours BrightStart! reflects our understanding that child health and well-being are inextricably linked with reading success. Children who struggle with reading often experience significant adverse effects on their cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and even physical health.
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Dr. Bailet is a licensed school psychologist and has expertise on a wide range of neurocognitive problems, including dyslexia, autism, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), nonverbal learning disabilities, and learning disorders associated with various medical conditions.

The literacy awards program is administered by the Library’s Center for the Book. Since its creation by Congress in 1977 to “stimulate public interest in books and reading,” the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress has become a major national force for reading and literacy promotion.

These awards will be conferred for the first time in October 2013 to recognize and support outstanding achievements in the field of literacy, both in the United States and abroad. The awards are made possible through the generosity of David M. Rubenstein.


Applications must be received no later than midnight on April 30, 2013.
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Three prizes will be awarded annually:
  • The David M. Rubenstein Prize ($150,000), for a groundbreaking or sustained record of advancement of literacy by any individual or entity worldwide.
  • The American Prize ($50,000), for a project developed and implemented successfully during the past decade for combating illiteracy and/or aliteracy.
  • The International Prize ($50,000), for the work of an individual, nation, or nongovernmental organization working in a specific country or region.
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About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.