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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Charity Navigator's Top 10 Tuesday: Reading & Literacy Charities


Did you know that February is National Library Lovers Month? 

In honor of this important month Charity Navigator is dedicating this Top 10 Tuesday to sharing a list of of highly-rated organizations working to improve literacy among children and individuals in the United States and abroad. In addition to receiving Charity Navigator’s top marks these organizations are making strides to help more people find a love of reading.

Developments in Literacy
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Educating children, empowering communities
Developments in Literacy (DIL) launched in 1997 by Pakistani-Americans with a desire to improve the dismal state of education in Pakistan's underdeveloped areas. DIL currently operates and manages 120 schools with an enrollment of nearly 21,000 students. DIL is dedicated to providing quality education to disadvantaged children, especially girls, by establishing and operating schools in the underdeveloped regions of Pakistan, with a strong focus on gender equality and community participation. DIL establishes, adopts and manages primary and secondary schools for underprivileged children in partnership with non-governmental organizations in all four provinces of Pakistan. In addition, DIL directly operates community schools in Punjab and Sindh.

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Leading through reading

The mission of the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County, founded in 1989, is to improve the quality of life in our community by promoting and achieving literacy. Our goal is to ensure that every child and every adult in Palm Beach County becomes a reader. Through extensive outreach and collaboration with a network of community partners, the Literacy Coalition strives to ensure that individuals who need to improve their literacy skills receive the help they need.

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Giving kids in need the chance to read
Guided by the fact that literacy is essential to lifelong success, Page Ahead provides new books and develops reading activities that empower at-risk children. 
Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program is the leading provider of children's books and literacy services in Washington State. We are dedicated to helping children in need succeed in school by developing strong reading skills. A child who is not reading proficiently at the end of third grade is FOUR times more likely to drop-out of school before graduating than one who is. Page Ahead works to break down barriers to achievement for children in need, and is committed to help all children become successful readers.
Page Ahead serves children, families and communities - with books for children; literacy support for families; and reading resources for communities. 

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Early learning success begins with books at home

Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy makes a difference in the lives of children through the gift of literacy, with the mission to "provide books for local communities to prepare preschool children for reading and learning success." The Foundation addresses the growing problem of children from low-income families entering school unprepared to learn with a simple recipe for early literacy development. Ensure that children have age-appropriate books in the home and provide parents with supportive material that reinforces the importance of early learning and encourages them to read frequently with their children. By mailing a new book every month to enrolled children, birth to five, the Foundation is committed to providing early learning opportunities with the hope of breaking the cycle of poverty and illiteracy. Our vision is to afford the best chance to every child to succeed in school, and in life, and to help create an educated, productive and competitive workforce

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Linking neighborhood resources to ensure that young readers are good readers

Literacy, Inc. (LINC), founded in 1996, is based on two beliefs: all children can read given enough one-on-one support and every neighborhood has strengths and resources that can be coordinated to support early literacy. LINC works with communities to: develop a dynamic and sustainable network of community activities that achieve unified literacy success; help organizations, community leaders and others to understand the many ways they can support young children as readers; encourage families and other community members to be increasingly engaged as reading partners to young children; create a perceptible shift in the community belief that all its neighborhood children will read on time with community support; and ensure a literacy rich community that will contribute to the success of children entering school by ensuring that they are ready to learn and read on time.

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We believe literacy is a right that provides equal opportunity to achieving the American Dream, which everyone deserves

The mission of the Barbara Bush Foundation is to advocate for and establish literacy as a value in every home. In 1989, Mrs. Bush pioneered the national family literacy movement, launching the Foundation that focuses simultaneously on early childhood education for preschoolers and adult literacy for their parents. Now almost three decades later, the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy continues to lead the national literacy movement and create family literacy opportunities for children ages 0-8, and their parents.

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Helping teachers deliver effective literacy instruction

Children's Literacy Initiative (CLI), founded in 1988, works with Pre-K to 3rd grade teachers to transform instruction so that all children can become powerful readers and writers. CLI delivers coaching and training to educators who work in under-resourced, under-performing schools and preschools, equipping them with high-impact literacy instruction techniques and high-quality children's literature. In 2010, CLI received a highly competitive $21.7M Validation grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund to implement its program in 38 schools. In 2015, using study results from this project validating CLI's ability to improve teacher practice and student reading achievement, CLI won a $19M i3 Scale-up grant to expand into 27 new public schools. CLI recently won the 2017 David M. Rubenstein Prize, the top honor in the Library of Congress Literacy Awards program for making outstanding and measurable contributions in increasing literacy across the country.

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Literacy for all

Alfalit International is a faith-based non-profit organization founded in 1961. We offer a mix of literacy, basic education, preschool and job skills programs in the communities that we operate in. Our international programs are currently in Latin America & Caribbean (Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Peru), Africa (Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea Bissau, Liberia and South Sudan), Europe (Portugal and Spain) and in the US (South Florida). We also offer complementary health, nutrition, community development and economic empowerment programs based on community needs and our resources.

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Changing lives one word at a time

Literacy Action was created in 1968 with a vision to build a society where parents are able to help their children with homework, workers are prepared to enter the job market and succeed, and families can use education to leverage themselves out of poverty and become self-sufficient. 

Today, Literacy Action is the largest community-based literacy agency in Georgia, where professional adult-education teachers provide the full continuum of courses needed by low-income, undereducated adults. Our mission is to build better futures for undereducated adults by teaching life, literacy and work skills that empower them to reach their highest potential.

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Strengthening and expanding adult literacy education

The mission of the Literacy Assistance Center (LAC) is to strengthen and expand the adult education system, and to advance adult literacy as a core value in our society and a foundation for equal opportunity and social justice. Nationally, there are more than 36 million adults who lack basic reading, writing and math skills. In New York City alone, there are more than 2.2 million adults who lack a high school diploma or its equivalent, English language proficiency, or both. At the LAC, we envision a future in which every immigrant, every parent, and every adult in this country has the full range of knowledge and skills they need to secure employment, achieve economic security, access quality health care, support their children in their schooling, and actively participate in the civic life of their communities. Since 1983, the LAC has been working to build the capacity and improve the quality of the Adult Basic Education (ABE), English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and High School Equivalency (HSE) programs that serve New York and the surrounding region's most educationally disadvantaged and economically marginalized communities. Our primary services include teacher training, instructional coaching, curriculum development support, data management and data analysis, and leadership support for adult education practitioners in community-based organizations (CBOs), libraries, community colleges, public school systems, and union-based training funds.

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