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Payne relies on generous grants and donations to help underwrite the costs of training for teachers. Here are some of this year's supporters:

  • E.L. & Thelma Gaylord Foundation
  • Inasmuch Foundation
  • Sarkeys Foundation
  • Kirkpatrick Family Fund
  • Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma
  • The Anschutz Foundation
  • Peggy & Nick Duncan
  • Pi Beta Phi Foundation
  • The Vose Foundation

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Payne Education Center Receives $15,000 Grant from Kirkpatrick Family Fund

Posted by Ashley Watts on 01/05/2015

January 5, 2015

Media Contact: Ashley Watts, Special Projects Coordinator, 405-755-4205, [email protected]


The Payne Education Center recently received a $15,000 grant benefiting administrative, fundraising and programmatic efforts from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund. The grant will provide core support to the organization and afford Payne the opportunity to continue its mission to train teachers to prevent reading difficulties in children, and to remediate dyslexia, while serving as a resource and referral center. All students, with and without dyslexia, can become competent readers, writers and spellers with the use of Payne Education Center’s multisensory reading instruction. 

“Operational grants such as the from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund support Payne Education Center’s daily operations of training teachers in world-class reading methods, thus helping them become expert and knowledgeable forces as teachers of reading,” said Carrie Brown, Ph.D., Executive Director of Payne Education Center.  “By giving teachers the tools necessary to successfully teach children how to read, we are reducing the impact of the statistic that 20 percent of children have dyslexia and struggle to learn to read with competence; and nearly 40 percent of Oklahoma’s third grade students read below grade level.  The goal of the Oklahoma educational system is to produce a literate and educated citizenry through its highly trained teacher graduates, and Payne’s mission helps achieve this essential and unquestioned goal.”

 “Funds from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund give us the flexibility to target our resources where they can have the most impact and will be used to sustain our vision that no child should struggle to read,” Brown added.  “Payne Education Center is appreciative by the ongoing and generous support of the Kirkpatrick Family Fund.

About Payne Education Center:

Payne Education Center is an Oklahoma based non-profit founded in 1984 whose primary mission is to train teachers to prevent reading difficulties in children, and to remediate dyslexia, while serving as a resource and referral center.  Payne Education Center is the only teacher training reading center in Oklahoma accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council.

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For more information about the Kirkpatrick Family Fund, visit