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THE CHALLENGE

Research shows that literacy, especially in the early years, is a critical factor in children's kindergarten readiness, school achievement and lifelong success. And yet low-income children face significant barriers that greatly limit their earning potential and increase their risk of living in poverty as adults.

4X
Children who cannot read proficiently by fourth grade are four times more likely to not graduate from high school.

6out of10

low-income students have no books in their homes.

78%
of low-income fourth graders read below grade level

OUR SOLUTION

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Through the Always Reading program, we instill daily reading routines at home to develop children's early literacy skills and foster a love of reading. By focusing on low-income students in their home environment, we are creating much needed home libraries, providing literacy resources throughout the year, including summer time, when students need it most. Over the course of a family's participation in the program, we aim to:

Increase time spent reading books,
both digital and traditional, from the beginning to the end of the program.

Increase family engagement
so that parents or other family members engage more frequently in book sharing with their kindergarten student.

Increase the child's interest in reading
so that consistent reading habits and a love of reading carry throughout their school years.

WHAT WE DO

Always Reading has three pillars that support kindergarten students at home by giving families an entire library of books at their fingertips and provides family engagement resources for caregivers to read with their children.

High-Quality Books

  • Families get access to high quality books in the home environment through a digital library application
  • Special curated book collections with the library align to the Always Reading curriculum
  • Families receive traditional books to keep at various points throughout the program.
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21st Century Technology

  • A digital tablet is loaned to each student for the school year, for one-to-one access to reading technology and the digital library.
  • Digital library application captures student adoption including books, pages and minutes read.
  • Internet access via a mobile data plan is provided to every student who needs it.
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Family Engagement

  • A "Book Coach" works directly with families and teachers to actively support families to build their skills.
  • Parents receive training in book sharing strategies, the tablet and the library application.
  • Text messages offering reading tips and early literacy best practices are sent to families three times a week.
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WHERE WE SERVE

Always Reading serves low-income families in Arizona, California, and Hawaii by partnering with high-need schools.

ARIZONA

70%

Fourth graders who are not reading proficiently

#45

Ranking among all states for reading proficiency.

CALIFORNIA

69%

Fourth graders who are not reading proficiently

#46

Ranking among all states for reading proficiency.

HAWAII

68%

Fourth graders who are not reading proficiently

#43

Ranking among all states for reading proficiency.

  • Peralta Elementary, Phoenix
  • Starlight Park Elementary, Phoenix
  • Glenn L Downs Elementary, Phoenix
  • John F. Long Elementary, Phoenix
  • Sun Terrace Elementary, Concord
  • El Monte Elementary, Concord
  • Sankofa Elementary, Oakland
  • Maloney Elementary, Fremont
  • Blacow Elementary, Fremont
  • McKinley Elementary, San Jose
  • Washington Elementary, San Jose
  • Bachrodt Charter Academy, San Jose
  • Jose Ortega Elementary, San Francisco
  • Roosevelt Elementary, Redwood City
  • International Elementary School, Oakland
  • Glenmoor Elementary, Fremont
  • Sanchez Elementary School, San Francisco
  • Allendale Elementary School, Oakland
  • Linapuni Elementary, Honolulu
  • Kalihi Kai Elementary, Honolulu
  • Fern Elementary, Honolulu
  • Puuhale Elementary, Honolulu
  • Waiahole Elementary, Kaneohe
  • Pope Elementary, Waimanalo
  • Kalihi Elementary, Honolulu
  • Malama Honua Charter School, Waimanalo
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"Parents understand the importance of literacy, and having literacy resources in the home environment is so important. Always Reading provides a home library that actively engages our families and empowers our parents by providing literacy tools that promote daily reading. This is a core foundation of literacy proficiency and growth."

Desirée Miles, Principle, Allendale Elementary School

"...it's brought our family together for reading and integrating in to in our daily routine. What I really loved about having the tablet and being part of this program is that it made us schedule and make time for things like this. "

Always Reading Parent

"We are thrilled to have a 100% opt-in rate among our families, which shows they truly value this program. For many of our students it's their very first digital tablet and I know they appreciate having so many high-quality books at their fingertips. They are motivated to read because the books are varied and address topics of high interest to them.

Micaela, Kindergarten Teacher, Oakland CA

Always Dream Foundation
125 Railroad Ave
Suite 203
Danville, CA 94526

The Always Dream Foundation is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization.
Our Federal ID No. is 94-3255817.