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Tandem, Partners in Early Learning

Tandem engages the whole community to ensure all families have the resources, skills, and confidence they need to support their children’s kindergarten readiness & early brain development.

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Tandem, Partners in Early Learning

From the Executive Director

Tandem engages the whole community to ensure all families have the resources, skills, and confidence they need to support their children’s kindergarten readiness. We do so by meeting families and community members where they are, respecting and building upon their strengths, and supporting them to maximize their impact both in their own families and within their community.

Molly Wertz

Tandem, Partners in Early Learning

What we do

Program 1


StoryCycles®, our school-to-home book-sharing program, provides families with young children a rich collection of high-quality, multilingual, multicultural, age-appropriate, beautiful, and engaging books that are rotated home weekly, building a love and habit of book-sharing. Educators receive on-site professional development and training, and families attend workshops on a variety of early learning topics.

Program 2

Early Learning Everywhere

Early Learning Everywhere (ELE) is our community-based work, which provides high-quality children’s books, learning resources, and customized trainings to partner organizations and other agencies seeking to embed early learning and family engagement strategies within their work. We both train the staff of partner organizations such as libraries, health clinics, hospitals, and family resource centers, and also provide workshops and activities for the families they serve.

Program 3

Literacy Champions

Literacy Champions, our parent leadership development program, engages parent leaders in a series of intensive trainings so these parents can, in turn, train other parents in their own communities on how to use everyday moments to build children’s early literacy skills. As agents of change in their own communities, Literacy Champions are actively engaged in service delivery and needs assessment and work directly with their community’s most vulnerable families to provide them with the tools to improve their children’s future.

By the numbers

The impact


participating StoryCycles classrooms .


children and families sharing books weekly through StoryCycles .


books circulating from school to home each week .

Fun Fact

From birth to age 5 a child’s brain forms 1 quadrillion connections.

Tandem, Partners in Early Learning


Annual Budget
Year Ended June 2017
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Executive Director
Molly Wertz
San Francisco
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Tandem, Partners in Early Learning


1 day ago - @tandembayarea

Our interview with local author Kamaria Lofton is coming up soon! Don't forget to save the date for this special Facebook Live interview with this amazing author. We'll be going live on May 20th at 2:15 pm on the Tandem Facebook page. Make sure to follow us so you don't miss the chance to watch live. Her books are an essential part of any Bay Area kid's library, so if you haven't gotten a copy of her books yet, you should! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Got questions for Kamaria? Comment and let us know, we'd love to ask her. We especially love questions from curious kids! #earlyliteracy #earlychildhoodeducation #childrensbooks #childrensbookauthor #authorinterview #interview

6 days ago - @tandembayarea

Happy Mother's Day to all of the amazing moms, grandmas, aunts, and other mother figures out there. You are a valuable part of the lives of the young kids in your life and we appreciate all the things that you do. Thank you for being such a special person in the lives of the kids around you! We appreciate all the things you do to support your kids! #earlychildhoodeducation #earlyliteracy #nonprofitorganization #bookworms #bookstagram

1 week ago - @tandembayarea

Tandem staff loves our moms! From trips to the zoo to arts and crafts in the kitchen to learning to garden together, every moment moms spend with their kids creates memories that last a lifetime. In our most recent blog post, Tandem staff share some of our favorite memories of special days spent with our moms. Whether a far away trip or a special moment spent together at home, these moments have become treasured memories for our staff. Read all about it by going to the link in our bio! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What are your favorite memories of spending time with your mom, grandma, or other mother figure? Let us know in the comments. We'd love to hear all about them! #earlychildhoodeducation #earlyliteracy #nonprofitorganization #bookworms #bookstagram

1 week ago - @tandembayarea

Another month, another author interview. Don't miss our next author interview, this month with 'My City is Oakland' author, Kamaria Lofton. We love Kamaria's books and we know you will too! She'll be joining us for a Facebook Live interview on May 20th at 2:15pm. Don't miss it! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do you have questions for Kamaria? Comment and let us know! Last month we got questions from 2 very curious kids to ask Alexandria Giardino, we'd love to ask Kamaria your questions and your kids' questions this month! #earlyliteracy #earlychildhoodeducation #childrensbooks #childrensbookauthor #authorinterview #interview

2 weeks ago - @tandembayarea

Shout out to the amazing Angela Dalton for joining us for a Family Literacy Night with our partners at Aspire last month. Her book, If You Look Up To The Sky, is a treasure inspired by her grandmother. If you're looking for a great read for rapidly approaching Mother's Day, this book is a must get. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We know what a big difference moms, grandmas, aunts, and other mother figures make in the lives of young kids. Make sure you get a card for the moms in your life from Tandem. Support us as we support Bay Area moms of young kids all while thanking moms in your life for all the things they do. Go to the link in our bio to get your cards today! #earlychildhoodeducation #earlyliteracy #nonprofitorganization #bookworms #bookstagram

2 weeks ago - @tandembayarea

May is here and with it, comes Mother's Day. It's a special time of the year to celebrate moms, grandmas, aunts, and other mother figures for all the things they do for the kids in their lives. A great way to honor the moms in your life is to get them a card from Tandem. A gift of just $20 helps Tandem in our mission to spark joy and a lifelong love of reading in Bay Area kids. Give the gift of literacy while honoring mom this Mother's Day! Click the link in our bio and get cards today! #earlyliteracy #earlychildhoodeducation #nonprofitorganization #mothersdaygifts #mothersdaycard #thanksmom

3 weeks ago - @tandembayarea

Dia de los Libros is one of our favorite days of the year! Every year we have a blast getting to spend time with families, doing fun literacy activities, and giving out books. This year we'll be doing it all again and we can't wait. It's a great time to get to do fun activities with Tandem. The first 60 families will even get brand new books. Make sure not to miss this opportunity for a fun family day in the sun on April 27th! #nonprofitorganization #earlyliteracy #earlychildhoodeducation #sanfranciscofun #familyfun #diadelosniños #diadeloslibros

1 month ago - @tandembayarea

Our Family Literacy Day at Children's Fairyland is almost here again and we're still looking for some dedicated volunteers to join us for a day of fun at the park. Never been able to see inside the park before? This is a great time to get to check out Fairyland and get to show your support for Tandem at the same time. We need amazing volunteers to help us run literacy activities, serve lunch, hand out books, and more. Your hard work helps us make our Family Literacy Day a special one for all our attending families. Join us April 26th! Want to sign up? Check the link in our bio to sign up today! #volunteer #dogood @fairylandca #earlyliteracy #earlychildhoodeducation

1 month ago - @tandembayarea

1 month ago - @tandembayarea

Every month, we are fortunate to get to interview amazing authors and illustrators of children's books we love and this month is no exception! Join us on our Facebook on April 16th at 1:15pm to watch our interview with author Alexandria Giardino. Her book, Ode to an Onion, is a beautiful tribute to Pablo Neruda and his muse, Matilde and is not one to be missed! It's an especially great book to share with the kids in your life during April, which is National Poetry Month! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Curious about what it's like to be an author, how a book is made, or about Alexandria's work? We'd love to ask her your questions! Comment with questions and we'll be sure to ask her when she joins us for the interview. #earlyliteracy #earlychildhoodeducation #childrensbooks #childrensbookauthor #authorinterview #interview


Parent involvement in early years grows with help from community groups

Parent Jacqueline Reyes invited her friend Rosario Rodriguez to learn early literacy skills through the year-long program, spearheaded by Tandem, Partners in Early Learning, an advocacy organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. To become a Literacy Champion, parents are required to attend up to 10 hours of workshops during a one-to-two month period. Reyes completed those 10 hours and in addition, agreed to a year-long fellowship where she is using the skills she learned in the workshops to lead story hours in the community.

Tandem, Partners in Early Learning

Where your money goes


At $10/month, you can sponsor a child to participate in the StoryCycles program for a whole year!


Child care for an hour so parents can attend a workshop while kiddos have fun


Provides two high-quality, diverse, multi-lingual books and extension activities to a child


Supports an educator to attend a professional development session


$100 sponsors a child to participate in the StoryCycles program for a whole year


Provides an early literacy workshop for families or service professionals


Sponsors a cohort of our Literacy Champions