Recognizing International Literacy Day

We are thrilled to feature three current clients who are doing important work in the education sector:

Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read believes that all families should have access to books and the meaningful moments that are created by shared reading with children.

Partnering with over 33,000 pediatric clinicians across the country, Reach Out & Read helps to integrate reading into pediatric practices. In doing so, and after more than three decades of growth, Reach Out & Read now serves nearly 20% of children from birth to age five in the U.S.

Grounded in significant research and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Reach Out & Read’s model for success builds upon a child’s regular pediatric check-ups – approximately 10 visits between birth and age five. Books are offered in nearly 30 languages at age and culturally appropriate levels.

Leveraging the unique partnership with pediatricians across the country, Reach Out & Read has plans to grow significantly, envisioning a world where every child has the warm, joyful, and developmentally powerful experience of reading with a loving adult every day.

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Way to Grow

Working closely with parents and communities, Way to Grow ensures that children within the most isolated families are born healthy, stay healthy and are prepared for school. Our vision is that we will ensure that every child has an equal opportunity to succeed in school and life. Way to Grow delivers high quality early childhood education through regular home visiting (now virtual) with families who have children ages 0 to age 8, and expectant mothers, and equips parents to be their child’s primary educator. We deliver our programs and services through an equity lens—providing opportunities for families who have been negatively impacted by outdated and biased systems to overcome barriers to success.

What sets Way to Grow apart from similar organizations is our deep cultural competence, developed and cultivated through 30 years of experience delivering our holistic model that marries family support and stabilization, health education, and parent engagement, with early and elementary education. Way to Grow is regularly lifted up as a national model and leader in early childhood education best practices, and we are frequently looked to by peers in the field to provide guidance, strategies, and information on program delivery.

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Keystone Community Services

Keystone Community Services has several vibrant and unique youth programs which help children and teens develop the tools they need to become successful adults. One of those programs is Keystone’s Community Kids Program, a 21st Century Community Learning Center and an accredited program that serves youth, grades K-10, and their families living, working or attending school in the West 7th neighborhood.

Key academic supports in the Community Kids Program include:

  • An Extended Day Learning partnership with the St. Paul Public Schools to improve
  • student achievement through reading and math instruction twice weekly from licensed teachers, daily homework help and library visits
  • A dedicated STEM instructor to prepare Community Kids’ Lego League team for annual competition and to provide hands-on activities for all grades
  • Check & Connect to help middle school and high school students maintain regular attendance, homework completion, and stay on track to graduate
  • Parent conferences and educational workshops to help families stay informed and learn positive ways to advocate for their child

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