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Family Literacy

Mrs. Barbara Bush’s advice, “Let your children see you read,” is realized through our family literacy programs. We teach reading to parents, pre-reading to preschoolers and reading to early elementary children.

The Stark Reality: Globally, the United States is falling dramatically behind in literacy skills. One in four adults cannot read above a 5th grade level, and research shows the single greatest indicator of a child’s future success is the literacy level of his or her parents.

The Barbara Bush Foundation empowers families and improves futures by encouraging the pursuit of learning at any age.

  • Toddlers and preschoolers enrolled in our family literacy programs are prepared to start school ready for academic success.
  • Parents have the opportunity to earn their high school diploma or to master English and learn alongside their preschool-age children.

Literacy Facts
• A child from a highly educated family will experience 30 million more words by the age of three than a child from a low-literate home.
• Almost half of all children born to a mother lacking a high school diploma are not ready to start kindergarten.
• Students who do not read proficiently by the third grade are four times more likely to leave high school without a diploma.

Our Achievements
• 90% of preschool children who enter our programs at the lowest literacy levels end the school year on par with their peers and ready to enter kindergarten.
• Parents enrolled in Barbara Bush Foundation family literacy programs, on average, improve their literacy skills by 2 grade levels in one year.

Get in Touch

You may also contact us by phone at 850.562.5300 or by mail at:
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
516 North Adams Street • Tallahassee, Florida 32301