Getting Children Ready to Read and Succeed


Thanks to a $415,000 grant from the Helios Education Foundation and funding from other community foundations, Make Way for Books has launched a new $1.6 million project focused at and around 12 Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) elementary schools. The Neighborhood School Readiness Collaborative coordinates and combines all of Make Way for Books’ programs in 12 high-need neighborhoods. The comprehensive Make Way for Books Story Project is provided to every childcare center and preschool around the TUSD elementary school. We reach families in the neighborhood who do not have access to preschool or childcare through our Raising A Reader and Cover to Cover programs at apartment complexes and other community locations in each neighborhood. In addition, Make Way for Books provides a connection to the elementary schools children will attend in the future by providing Raising A Reader and other evidence-based family literacy programming at each TUSD school. During the school day, parents and other caregivers with children, birth to five, who are not in preschool meet at the school for early literacy programming each week. Each year, 2,500 children are impacted through the project. Over the three year project, more than 7,500 children will walk into their neighborhood schools ready to read and succeed when they start kindergarten.

Neighborhood School Readiness

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