Make Way for Books in Phoenix

Make Way for Books is thrilled to announce that we are the recipient of a generous $400,000 grant from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust to expand our Neighborhood School Readiness model to the Avondale community in Maricopa County.

In 2015, we first launched the Neighborhood School Readiness Collaborative and adopted neighborhood schools as community hubs where elementary school staff, early childhood educators, and families worked together to provide young children (ages birth to 5) with access to critical emergent literacy and language experiences necessary for school readiness and grade-level reading by third grade. We established strong partnerships with school districts and organizations working together to create high impact for thousands of young children, families, and educators throughout Tucson and southern Arizona. Support from Piper Trust will continue to help us build on this impact and momentum.

“We know that early education impacts everything. We have worked with school districts and partners to ensure thousands of young children have the early educational opportunities that truly set the stage for success in school and beyond. Thanks to the generous support of Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, we are thrilled to be expanding this innovative and collaborative project in Avondale to bring this impact to a larger scale,” shared Jenny Volpe, CEO at Make Way for Books.

This grant from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust will help reach more than 2,000 children, families, and educators over the three-year project. We look forward to sharing the stories and impact of this work with you!