Young Readers

Early literacy is vital to every child's success.

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Young Readers

The Challenge

Students who can read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade are nearly four times more likely to graduate from high school. But barely more than half of 4th graders in the Bay can read at grade-level proficiency or above.

The Solution

This fund focuses on removing the obstacles that prevent children from learning to read early. These nonprofits make sure all children have access to books at home, and build healthy reading habits from a young age.

Our partners

The 4 Nonprofits

Learning unlocks possibilities, and every young mind should have the opportunity to read and learn.

Boston, MA

Reach Out And Read

Incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together


Reading Partners

Reading Partners is a national nonprofit empowering community volunteers to help students gain the reading skills they need to reach their full potential.

San Francisco

San Francisco Education Fund

San Francisco Education Fund is a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening student success in San Francisco public schools.

Bay Area

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.

by Tandem, Partners in Early Learning

Did you know?

90% of a child’s brain development happens before the age of 5.

Latest from Instagram

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

1 day ago - @sfedfund

Congratulations to Kim Syre and Louise Rothman! These two winners of the SF Education Fund’s Distinguished Service Award presented Dr. Kim Gilmore and Ms. Victoria Bautista a check for Jefferson Elementary School. We truly appreciate all our volunteers and the impact they make on SF public school students and teachers.

1 day ago - @reachoutandread

Thank you to Dick Robinson, CEO, Jessie Lyons, National Board Member, Roe Lathan and the whole team at Scholastic for making our national board meeting so special. @scholasticinc #cliffordthebigreddog

2 days ago - @reachoutandread

Posted @withrepost •

Today we’re sending a big thank you to @theuniqueclassroom and her class of third graders, who, along with families and teachers at their school, collected over 500 books for @childrensphila! This incredible gift is going to make an amazing difference in the lives of so many children and families - thank you!!

3 days ago - @reachoutandread

4 days ago - @rpbayarea

These amazing tutors at our Jean Parker reading center are both committed to empowering kids through reading! #TutorTuesday #CommitToTheNextChapter . . . . #volunteer #sfvolunteers #bethegreatergood #volunteeropportunities #loveofreading #literacy #readingmatters #childrensbooks #literacymatters #literacy

5 days ago - @rpbayarea

WE NEED CURRENT READERS-FUTURE LEADERS! Did you know that even 50% of millennials do not demonstrate a proficient level of reading? For 20 years, we have put our students on the path to success in the workplace AND the classroom. We need to prepare our students today for the workforce tomorrow. Please visit the link in our bio to find out how you can get involved and support our students by helping them receive the skills they need to build their futures! . . . . #volunteer #sfvolunteers #bethegreatergood #volunteeropportunities #loveofreading #nonprofit #nonprofitlife #fundraiser #support #workforcedevelopment #future #philanthropy #readingmatters #kidslit #childrensliteracy #tenyearchallenge #futureceo

5 days ago - @reachoutandread

Here’s a great story out of Tennessee to brighten up your Monday! Thank you to Dr. Mary Heath for sending us this awesome photo - we’re pretty proud of Julian too!

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

6 days ago - @reachoutandread

As a daughter of a school librarian, mother of two girls, and a pediatrician that has delivered the Reach Out and Read intervention to thousands of families, she knows that reading to your little ones works! Reach Out and Read celebrates all moms this Mother’s Day. #ReadAloud #MomsRule

Young Readers


What causes children to fall behind early?

Many children in the Bay Area and beyond live in homes without books and attend schools and programs where books are in short supply. Only 1 in 300 low-income children owns a book, which impairs children from building healthy reading habits.

Why is childhood literacy important?

Reading proficiency in the fourth grade is a strong indicator for high school dropout. According to the Annie E. Casey report “Double Jeopardy: How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation,” children who are not reading at a proficient level by fourth grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school before graduating. Students growing up in low-income neighborhoods who cannot read with proficiency are six times more likely to leave high school without a degree.

What is the state of childhood literacy in the Bay Area?

Students who can read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade are nearly four times more likely to graduate from high school. But barely more than half of 4th graders in the Bay can read at grade-level proficiency or above.

Reading Partners Blog

Five-Year Study Shows That Reading Partners Helps Students In Under-Resourced Schools Make Significant Reading Gains

“Given the scale of students reached by Reading Partners nationwide, it’s highly encouraging that APA has affirmed the strength of our one-on-one tutoring program,” remarked Karine Apollon, CEO of Reading Partners. “Quite simply, we are helping positively impact the literacy skills and confidence of more than 11,000 students each year at an absolutely critical point in their educational lifecycle. We believe the futures of our students can and will forever be transformed because of the important literacy boost they get by participating in the Reading Partners program.”

Did you know?

California fourth-graders ranked 47th in the nation in both math and reading.

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