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Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
October 8, 2009

I belong to a partner organization that established a family literacy program in my community. So many families today are so overwhelmed with trying to make ends meet that they don't budget important time to be their child's first teacher. They say it is easy to fall into the idea that it is the school's job to provide their child with all the necessary tools they need to learn. After learning about the important role that parents play in making their home a learning place, life changing behaviors start taking place. Responsiblity for being their child's first teacher starts to emerge and magic happens. This program truly changes lives for families and the premire beneficiary is children. Changing literacy rates in the US starts with families/parents/caregivers. This program is the proof in the pudding.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching families improve their literacy skills and education levels. Watching children who were failing standardized test start passing with their peers at the 60-95 percentile

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There are no changes other than more funding to help replicate the good work they do with their literacy programs.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The fact that they know how to provide tools to the foot soldiers in the field. They have been there and know exactly what folks need at the local level to do their job effectively and efficiently.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Sharp, dedicated and willing to jump in and roll up their sleeves to get the job done!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help move the needle on the nations literacy struggles....

Ways to make it better...

I had found them sooner.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Taking programs and success to scale.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is a terrific forum to give feedback and list the wonderful work that ALL nonprofit organizations do.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & Worked in establshing a family literacy program serving at-risk families.