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Causes: Child Day Care, Children & Youth, Education, Literacy, Preschools, Remedial Reading & Encouragement

Mission: Tandem partners with families, educators, and communities to surround young children with interactive learning experiences that spark joy and close the opportunity gap. Formerly known as Raising A Reader, San Francisco, Alameda & Contra Costa Counties, Tandem has been providing services to Bay Area children, families, and educators for over 12 years. Tandem’s programming is rooted in the belief that high-quality early learning and strong family bonds can break the cycle of poverty and build brighter futures for children. Both strategies are effective on their own, but when approached together and with strong partnerships in the community, the results can be greater and more lasting. To that end, Tandem works in two program areas: Community Capacity-Building and Family Engagement. Tandem additionally offers a fee for service model where we provide trainings and technical assistance to service organizations, non-profits, and school districts that are interested in implementing and promoting early learning interventions.

Results: Tandem has served 90,000 children ages 0-6 and their families in three Bay Area counties (San Francisco, Alameda, and Contra Costa) since 2003. Tandem’s programs focus on serving families whose children at greatest risk of falling behind: children living in poverty, English language learners, children of color, and children not enrolled in formal care settings or preschool.

Target demographics: children, their families, and their educators

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 15,000 children and their families

Geographic areas served: San Francisco, Alameda & Contra Costa Counties

Programs: educator workshops and support, parent training, and family literacy events

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My school loves partnering with Tandem! Our families love the StoryCycles program which has really enriched our school. Tandem offers wonderful family and teacher workshops as well. Thank you, Tandem for all that you do!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a well run charity with highly professional and dedicated staff. They find solutions to the problem and are well respected by their partners and customers of other nonprofits, teachers, and parents.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Tandem is a wonderful organization that is committed to supporting families and caregivers to take on the very important role of being their children’s first teachers. They offer high quality training and other supportive services that benefit the entire community, including school-to-home book-sharing opportunities, workshops for families and educators on early learning, and leadership development training for parent leaders interested in promoting early literacy in their neighborhoods. Tandem’s staff members are experts in their fields of early language and literacy development, and they have a large group of school and community-based partners that rely on and respect the support they receive from Tandem. I am honored to work with and support Tandem!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the greatest experience volunteering at Tandem’s SF headquarters for their annual StoryCycles program book sort. Tandem’s dedicated staff and Board worked along side the volunteers to share their knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for their early literacy program. High quality, beautifully illustrated hardcover and paperback children’s books were stacked high on tables throughout the room. The books where sorted by reading level and available in multiple languages. There were book bags, support materials for the family and resources for educators ready to be distributed. I can’t say enough good things about what I saw, what I learned and what I experienced during my day with the hardworking Tandem team. Tandem is doing great things!

1 Martina A.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Tandem, Partners in Early Learning is a member of the San Francisco Family Support Network (SFFSN). Their engagement and commitment to providing quality services to San Francisco families is evident in their dedication to their work, and their committment to train staff to strengthen families and support early literacy development in young children. Tandem participates in many community events including Dia de Los Niños, and they were winners of the SFFSN Banner Contest during the Cesar Chavez Parade and Festival. Tandem engages and works closely with families. I highly recommend our respected SFFSN member, Tandem, Partners in Early Learning!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I work as an Education Coordinator for a non profit early childhood center, Martinez Early Childhood Center, Inc. My director first heard about a program called Raising A Reader through First Five of Contra Costa County. My director passed on the information to me and I decided to take part. After a few months, Raising a Reader was re-branded as Tandem. I love Tandem! I love the high-quality, beautiful books that reflect children's lives- the children's lives at my school and in my community. I love how happy the families are to receive these books and seeing how thrilled the adults are when they recognize one of their favorite stories. The children look forward to taking home their green bags every week and talk endlessly about the books they've read. It's a wonderful program. Last year, the families completed surveys about Tandem. Every family not only raved about the program but the majority of families replied that they read more than ever to their children because of the program. The population we serve are low income, hard working families. They either work, attend school or both to qualify for our program. These families do not always have the time or resources to go to the library or buy books. Tandem makes it very convenient and the children also get experience with taking care of borrowed items and following a schedule- experiences that will help them in elementary school and beyond. But behind the wonderful books and materials are the people. We love Laura, our literacy specialist. She's such a gem. We just had a, "back-to-school-night" family meeting and Laura spoke about the Tandem program and developing literacy skills in children. She was amazing. My director wishes Laura could do all of our family meetings! Laura comes in to our program to conduct 'Read A Louds' for the children. The children look forward to this and the teachers learn a lot of tips and ideas. Have you ever heard Laura read a story? I highly recommend it :) She's not only a talented story teller but she is also bilingual. A huge plus because a large majority of our children speak Spanish. We really love the Tandem program here at M.E.C.C. I know I speak for our families as well when I say that I hope this program remains in our community for years to come! I hope in fifty years from now, when someone sees a child with a green bag, they'll know it's a Tandem bag and that child is developing a love for reading. Thank you Tandem!! And thank you, Laura!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I reached out for support promoting early literacy at my current job. Thankfully, Tandem immediately responded and exceeded my expectation. With great enthusiasm they are helping me train our staff and clients, as well as coming to our activities to promote the great benefits of early literacy.


1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a preschool teacher in a Dual Language Program in the San Francisco Unified School District and we have received brand new books and bags from Tandem to start our classroom rotating library. The books are beautiful, colorful, culturally relevant and come in three languages: Spanish, Chinese and English! There are also word-less books that are great to encourage young children to use their imagination and emergent communication skills in their home language and /or English. We are very pleased with the support we have received from this wonderful organization -TANDEM, working so tirelessly on behalf of children, educators and families. On behalf of our school community at Las Americas Early Education School, THANK YOU!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Tandem, Partners in Early Learning is a great organization to partner with and
I've had a great experience working with their staff. We work together to promote early literacy in the Mission District of San Francisco and we rely on their expertise for building the capacity of families and educators throughout our community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an Assistant Coordinator at Building Blocks for Kids Collaborative, I've had the pleasure of partnering with Tandem for our Family Engagement events. Lucy and Laura are amazing women who passionately take the time to teach our families in Richmond about the importance of early education. It is always an honor to welcome Tandem into our space. Thank you for always showing love and interest in working with our parents and children. We are truly blessed to have this partnership.
Tandem rocks!