Serving children from primarily low-income families, Page Ahead collaborates with elementary schools, tutoring programs, Head Start and other preschool programs, tribal libraries, migrant centers, homeless shelters, and teen parenting programs across Washington State to improve the reading and language skills of at-risk children.
Book Distribution Program
Provides new books (up to three books to each child per year) to read, share, and cherish.
A child's pride in learning to read is a key element in achieving literacy. By providing children with new books to keep, Page Ahead enhances the relationship between parent and child and the relationship between child and book.
To excite children about reading, books are distributed through motivational events held at partner sites. This year, more than 400 motivational reading events will be held as part of Page Ahead's book distribution program.
- Dr. Seuss' birthday party - Teachers dress as book characters and travel from room to room to read to the students. Afterwards the students will make Dr. Seuss-related crafts. (Cedar Valley Elementary, Lynnwood)
- Nursery rhymes will be used to demonstrate how to have fun with books. Families will write their own nursery-rhyme endings to share with other participants. (Audubon Elementary, Spokane)
- After hearing Where the Wild Things Are and engaging in a discussion about imagination, parents and children will make masks and become "Wild Things." (Family Services of Grant County Head Start, Soap Lake)
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Organizations serving children from age birth to twelve in the state of Washington can apply for our services.
Family Involvement Program
Educates and encourages parents to read with their children. While access to books is important, it is the family that makes the greatest difference in a child's academic success.
- Parent Workshops, in English or Spanish, promoting interactive reading with young children
- Story Times at preschool and kindergarten classrooms, with follow-up home activities for parents
- Kindergarten Readiness packet designed to help parents prepare their children to begin their schooling
- Technical Assistance to help partner site staff develop captivating children's literacy programs
Find Out More
To apply for our services, contact Jacki Crowther
Community Involvement Program
Create lasting community support for reading programs.
This year through our Community Partnership Program, more than 50 corporations and community organizations will hold book drives and adopt program sites. Last year more than 400 volunteers read with almost 4,000 children at various partner sites. In addition, over 60,000 books were collected and distributed to children.