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Tandem, Partners in Early Learning

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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. 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 100,000 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 & families, early childhood educators, family support professionals, community members

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, consulting for organizations seeking to embed family engagement strategies within their work, and family support professionals.

Community Stories

68 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our group of about 35 people had SUCH a wonderful experience working with Lulu who came in to our corporate HQ in order to give back for a few hours at the end our our 2-day leadership meeting.

Not only was her "ice breaker" so much fun as we got to know one another better, but she also explained and showed us where the Storyblocks that we created, who they would be going to and how they would help those in our community.

So thankful for all of the dedication and beneficial work that Tandem is doing throughout the San Francisco bay community! The community is so lucky to have you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Best Storyteller and Literacy Partners. We are so blessed to have such a positive resource for weekly book bags to come home and for joining our major community events such as National Read for the Record night. The engagement is endearing and the access to books through lending and giving to families for intimate and group learning is an added bonus to anyone's life. Engaging young learners and showing them how fun stories can be only added to curiosity and more learning for our children with their families and Tandem's excellent staff.
Tandem really has a standout and positive approach to keep it positive and engaging.

Donor

Rating: 5

I give to Tandem because I loved reading books as a kid, and want every kid to have that wonderful experience! I'm so impressed with all they do, and know my donation will be used to "spark joy" for thousands of families. Thanks Tandem!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ive been volunteering with Tandem for a number of months and I love it. Tandem is committed to improving local early childhood education and is super effective at it. I’ve been super impressed with their programs! From my experience with other nonprofits, tandem is amazing!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Tandem for a couple years now and only started donating this past year. I recently volunteered at their office in the Bayview in August 2018 and had a great time! Their staff were well-organized and had plenty of work for me to help out with. I got to make some StoryBlocks to give away to families as well as did some decorating and admin work in the office (we finalized and hung up some artwork and organized some children's books). It was easy to coordinate a time with Julie and they were accommodating of my schedule. I highly encourage other folks looking to make an impact in the SF Bay Area to get in touch with them and get involved. Keep up the great work Tandem!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tandem is thoughtful about their mission. They're brimming with genuine people reinvesting in local communities and spreading education from the ground up. It has always been a pleasure volunteering with Tandem, they clearly love what they do and I'm honored to be a part of their team!

Kathie Q. A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Kathie Autumn and I have managed the Treasure Island Child Development Center since 2011. It is with great pleasure that I support Tandem, Partners in Early Learning’s application for the Innovations in Reading Prize from the National Book Foundation.

With over 40 years of experience working with children and being deeply embedded in the early childhood education landscape, I can tell you Tandem is easily one of our favorite partners. We serve low income children who often do not have access to books or opportunities to take trips into the city to attend the library due to working parents. Tandem makes my job easier by bringing the books, and even training, directly to our school site. Their staff provides fantastic Read Aloud demonstrations in each of the classrooms at our site where our teachers pick up great tips for engaging children in story time and build a love for books early! Most importantly, the children love the visits and storytelling from Tandem staff and get especially excited about the book bags filled with new titles weekly that they take home and share with their families. Parents love these also, and even share favorite book titles with teachers. This is an invaluable service for the children and families we serve, and the people who work at Tandem are the ones who make it all happen!

On top of it all, this past holiday season, Tandem partnered with Chronicle Books, a local book store, to donate and help purchase a brand new, high quality, age-appropriate book to each of our students. They gave the books away at our Holiday Pancake party (with help from Santa Claus) where they also provided an interactive Read Aloud demonstration (pictured right).

As part of our Impact Report, we have shown a 38% increase in Language and Literacy Development assessments with our children. Adding Tandem to our program has aided in this increase showing positive outcomes for children in this area.

I am deeply grateful for Tandem’s support of my work to educate young children and help them enjoy reading and learning. I couldn’t think of any organization more deserving of the Innovations in Reading award! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have additional questions.

Sincerely,


Kathie Q. Autumn; Program Director
Catholic Charities Treasure Island Child Development Center
850 Avenue D San Francisco CA 94130

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Museum of Children's Arts (MOCHA) has had the honor to collaborate with Tandem, Partners in Early Learning through our Library Education and Arts Program. Their ability to involve parents and children in the world of literacy and early learning through storytelling is a vital component to the development of young minds. Our mission to a hands on approach to learning aligns with their commitment to engage parents and children in the process of developing children that can be communicators, critical thinkers and agents of change.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Tandem Bookbag program provides exciting and age appropriate books for the parents of my students to make reading at home a positive experience. The books are free for the parents to use, therefore they will be more likely to read to their child on a consistent basis.
I teach students with autism and an IEP (individualized education plan). Parents are involved in developing their child's educational plan. The Tandem bookbag program provides a mean of helping school districts meet state standards by partnering with parents and involving them directly in their child's education.

Emily154

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a Tandem employee, I can't say how proud I am to work for an organization influencing impactful change in the community. Tandem's commitment to serving families with high-quality programs, as well as the commitment to supporting employee's professional development and goals makes this one of the best places to work and serve.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an employee, I have to say that this is the best place I've worked. The team is a true team - collaborating to meet our mission every single day. When I'm out in the field gathering photos and video footage to create educational videos or other videos that help raise awareness for our organization, it's a joy to hear how many educators, parents - and even children! - are so motivated and excited to be part of this program. I know that we're doing great work, and I'm proud to be on a team that is so well respected in our community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I LOVE Tandem Partners in Early Learning and so does our staff, the families we serve and most of all, the children. Children and families look forward to taking home the high-quality children's books each week. They feel so proud to carry their green book bags to and from school! Tandem exposes adults and children to a large variety of children's books that are developmentally-appropriate and reflect the lives and communities of our families. Tandem also has helpful resources and information regarding language and literacy development and how to support children with these skills. Most of all, Tandem fosters a love for reading in adults and children alike!

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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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love making StoryBlocks with Tandem! They come to our office, and lead us through this fun activity while sharing how the toys will be used to bolster literacy in our community. My colleagues and I have fun, and know we're giving back to kids. Tandem - Keep up the great work!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Speaking as a board member, here is what I value most about Tandem as an organization and what inspires me to continue my involvement:
-The Executive Director is not only visible and vocal as a representative of Tandem but is a real public champion for Tandem and their work.
-As a board member, we are very clear about our responsibilities and we all take them seriously.
-The board is a diverse group of people that I truly believe is a reflection of the various communities that Tandem serves. And I believe that Tandem has worked to create a board with intention taking into consideration the skills and experience of their members and how they can support the needs of Tandem as an organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have only been impressed with Tandem. Their read alouds to students are incredibly animated, engaging, and just the spark students need to love learning. Attending their teacher, parent, and community trainings are also highly interactive. They strike a perfect balance of being easy to understand while also being sophisticated and backed by research. Program staff are clearly experts at their craft and highly intentional about what they do. I look forward to seeing Tandem grow and thrive in supporting families throughout the Bay Area.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at this incredible organization is always a joy ! The staff is so dedicated and enthusiastic about their mission and they carry out their objectives with deep convictions and never waining hard work. To work with this team inspires additional commitment to help in other areas of early childhood literacy. Tandem is a highly valued contributing member of the community and their good work has a ripple effect toward giving children a love of books and a head start into early literacy.

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm so happy to support such a fantastic organization, who work so hard to give books and the love of learning to families!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoyed reading to kids and seeing their eyes light up with the stories!

Amando B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I attended a Tandem workshop and saw firsthand how Tandem partners with educators to enhance their skills so kids understand, retain, participate, and have more fun when reading. I had some great take-aways, not intuitive by the way, that changed the way I read to my 2-year old. I feel they are an invaluable community resource we should all be thankful for.

Ryan H.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Tandem is filling a need in the Bay Area and closing the opportunity gap that so many children face as they enter kindergarten. This organization is creative and thoughtful in their approach to their work, and creating impactful change. The staff are extremely talented and dedicated, not to mention strongly committed to the Tandem mission.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working with Tandem is a joy. It's clear that Tandem staff members truly love the work they do, and truly care about the communities and the families they serve. When they host free workshops in the community, it's clear to see they bring a level of expertise, excitement, and fun to the experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We, here at UserTesting, had the best experience working with Tandem Bay Area! StoryBlocks is an awesome project for corporate groups, and it was fun to see people work together in creative ways. Lucas was our activity guide, and he helped to keep everything light hearted and easy to understand (those blocks aren't as easy to put together as one might think!). Additionally, Lucas was kind enough to let us hold onto some materials so that other people who weren't able to participate also had an opportunity to contribute on their own time! Knowing what kind of impact these blocks have on children was a message that, I think, was also really driven home. Would absolutely work with them again.