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Our Mission

Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation inspires underserved children to reach for their dreams through innovative reading programs and by advancing the cause of early childhood literacy.

We partner with and fund breakthrough reading programs that combine technology with books to raise literacy skills, increase overall academic success and life potential. We also work to engage and involve families and the community around the importance of early childhood literacy through events and advocacy that inspire children to dream big.

Who We Help

The Always Dream Foundation works to connect children with books and technology in the classroom and in the community.

In the classroom, the Always Dream Foundation focuses on children in Title I schools in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. We currently partner with Raising a Reader and Footsteps2Brilliance to bring technology-enhanced literacy
programming to 12 schools, representing 38 kindergarten and 6 first grade classrooms, impacting 1,140 children during
the school year.

You Need to Know

Proficiency in reading by the end of third grade is a crucial marker in a child’s educational development

Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

68% of fourth graders are not proficient in reading

2013 Kids Count Data Book, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

In the fourth grade, children use reading to learn other subjects-therefore, the mastery of reading becomes a critical component in their ability to keep up academically

2013 Kids Count Data Book, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Children who reach fourth grade without being able to read proficiently are more likely to drop out of high school, reducing their earning potential and chances for success

2013 Data Book, state trends in child well-being, The Annie E Casey Foundation

61% of children who live in poverty have no books in their homes

Educational Testing Service, 1999. America’s Smallest School: The Family

One in three U.S. children enters kindergarten lacking basic pre-reading skills

2013 Kids Count Data Book, The Annie E Casey Foundation

3 Questions

Brian Boitano

author and host of "What Would
Brian Boitano Make?"

Favorite Book/Author

"A Thousand Splendid Suns"
by Khaled Hosseini

Favorite Children's Book

"The Giving Tree" by
Shel Silverstein

Currently Reading

"Man's Search for Meaning" by
Viktor Frankl

Matthew Morrison

and musician

Favorite Book/Author

"The Prophet" by Khalil Gibran

Favorite Children's Book

"The Little Prince" by Antoine de

Currently Reading

"Many Lives, Many Masters" by Brian L. Weiss, MD

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