Our Programs

Each year, Make Way for Books impacts the lives 30,000 children, families, and educators throughout southern Arizona. Our comprehensive programs meet children and educators in the preschool and childcare setting and also go beyond these locations to meet families where they are throughout the community. Learn more about what we are doing to create a culture of literacy in southern Arizona.

Neighborhood School Readiness Project

We organize our programming through an innovative model called Neighborhood School Readiness Collaborative. Through this approach, we provide opportunities for thousands of children to enter school ready to read and succeed. The model provides comprehensive early literacy programming to meet the diverse needs of young children (ages birth to five), families, and educators. Our strategies (including The Story Project and Family Education and Literacy) are focused and coordinated in high-need neighborhoods surrounding elementary schools. The model achieves success for children through strategies that engage and empower families, support educators, and develop children’s emergent literacy skills. Project strategies link together at each school, creating neighborhood school communities that help children thrive.


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Family Education and Literacy

Make Way for Books Family Education and Literacy is a two-generation approach where children and families learn together through ongoing sessions. Through this programming, parents discover their power to create a positive future for their children and children develop critical emergent literacy and language skills they need to start school ready to read and on-track for future grade-level reading.


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The Story Project

The Make Way for Books Story Project is a research-based model that provides a comprehensive continuum of services, programming and resources to children, parents, and teachers at more than 150 preschools, childcare centers, and home-care providers throughout southern Arizona. The program fosters a literacy-rich environment in the classroom and at home. Through professional development opportunities and regular on-site coaching, the program supports educators and provides resources they can immediately implement into their classrooms.


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Project 110

The latest science shows that children's language skills by age 3 are a critical indicator of school readiness, IQ, and future academic achievement. Project 110 is an innovative program that ensures that infants and toddlers in our community are surrounded by literacy and language-rich environments that foster healthy literacy, language, and brain development. As children are awake for 110 hours a week, Project 110 empowers caregivers with practical skills and resources to make every hour an opportunity for learning.

Community Programs

Make Way for Books partners with a number of organizations to ensure thousands of young children throughout southern Arizona have access to books at home and have quality early literacy experiences that build a strong foundation for all future learning.


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