Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program

Page Ahead operates on one simple and astounding fact: being read to as a youngster is the foremost predictor of academic success in childhood. If a child can read at grade level by 3rd grade, she will continue to read at grade level throughout her academic career. A child who succeeds in school will remain there, earning a chance at a better job and a better life in the years ahead. A child who lacks early exposure to reading often suffers from low self-esteem, struggles academically, and is at higher risk for substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and delinquency. Succeeding begins with reading.

Since 1990 Page Ahead has placed over 2.8 million new books into the hands of 850,000 at-risk children through collaborations with schools, social service agencies, preschools, and early childhood centers across Washington State.

MISSION: Literacy can make the difference between the poverty of one generation and the promise of the next. Page Ahead helps children realize their potential by providing them with the inspiration 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.

OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED: Page Ahead relies heavily on volunteer support. More than 400 volunteers contributed over 4,000 hours last year. A Page Ahead staff member helps volunteers to quickly find the kind of work that best suits their time and talents.