Neighborhood School Readiness Project
The Neighborhood School Readiness Collaborative is an innovative project that provides opportunities for thousands of children to enter school ready to read and succeed. The project provides comprehensive early literacy programming for children ages birth to five that is focused and coordinated in twelve high-need neighborhoods surrounding Tucson Unified School District elementary schools. The project 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 TUSD school, creating neighborhood school communities that help children thrive.
Make Way for Kindergarten
A part of our Neighborhood School Readiness Project, Make Way for Kindergarten helps children develop specific skills that teachers want them to have on the first day of school. During the summer prior to the start of kindergarten, families learn what they can expect in kindergarten, from daily routines to how to communicate with new school staff. Parents gain knowledge, resources, and confidence they need to support and advocate for their children in school!
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.
Preschool and Center-Based Literacy
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.
Make Way for Books community-based programs go beyond the traditional preschool classroom to bring early literacy programming and books to children and families in more informal settings such as the community food bank, social services offices, grocery stores, and beyond. Learn more about what we're doing in the community!
Make Way for Books Family Literacy programs engage the entire family in reading and early literacy activities. These programs include a parent engagement component and resources to empower parents and caregivers to be their child’s first, best teachers. These programs give young children who are not enrolled in preschool or child care opportunities to develop essential emergent literacy and language skills.