About Us

The vision of The Children’s Reading Foundation is that every child learns to read early and well, thereby reaching their full potential in school and life. Our goal is that children learn to read at grade level by the end of third grade or by age eight.

Our Mission

Encourage and educate

parents and caregivers about their important role in raising a reader and preparing their child for kindergarten.

Support schools

in ensuring students read on grade level by the end of third grade.

Facilitate community

involvement in helping young readers be successful.

Our Programs

The Children’s Reading Foundation is a national nonprofit with community-based reading foundation chapters and school-readiness parent engagement programs across the country and in Canada. The foundation serves families, schools, and communities by providing proven programs, tools, and research to help nurture a child’s development from birth through third grade in ways that foster essential early literacy, math, and social-emotional skills.

READY! for Kindergarten school readiness program sites are established nationwide at schools, nonprofits, and community foundations. Through a series of workshops, families and child care providers learn how to foster a child’s learning from birth to age five. Participants receive age-appropriate targets, training, and tools to support daily learning through purposeful play

Families receive tips and tools to continue reading with their child at least 20 minutes every day, even when school is not in session.

Join Us!

The Children’s Reading Foundation believes that everyone—families, schools, and communities—has an important role in supporting young readers and preparing children for kindergarten. Contact us today to learn how you can help, or how to start a reading foundation chapter or one of our programs in your area.