Give the gift of reading with Jumpstart HR and First Book-DC!
Studies show that the single strongest indicator of a child’s future reading success is simple: the number of books in the home. Yet access to books is virtually nonexistent for children in need. In low-income neighborhoods, there is access to, on average, just one age-appropriate book for every 300 children, compared with 13 books for every child in middle-income families. More than 80% of preschool and after-school programs serving children from low-income families do not have a steady supply of books for the children they serve.
First Book-Washington, DC provides new books to children through eligible community organizations like preschools, day care, after-school, and tutoring/mentoring programs. We accept book grant applications from local literacy programs that serve 80% or more children from low-income households. The children take home and keep the books that they receive. First Book provides new books to children in need addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy – access to books.