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

Mission: Tandem, Partners in Early Learning holds a vision of an equitable and just society where all children enter school ready to succeed. Our mission is to engage the whole community to ensure all families with children 0-5 have the resources, skills, and confidence they need to support their children’s early brain development and kindergarten readiness. At the heart of Tandem’s work is an ecosystem model of support for children and families, where caregivers, educators, and support professionals are well-positioned to build a foundation for early learning and kindergarten readiness. Our programming includes: (a) direct service to families through school-to-home book sharing, read aloud demonstrations, and workshops for families; (b) professional development for educators and family support professionals; and (c) capacity-building for partner organizations around family engagement.

Results: Since 2003, Tandem has provided training and resources for the adults who care for, educate, and raise over 140,000 children.

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

Community Stories

84 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a classroom teacher, I really appreciated organizations like Tandem as they provided high quality, age appropriate books for the families in my classroom year after year. They truly believe in the power of early literacy and consistently came on campus to demo read alouds, refill our stocks of books, as well as provided us with other resources that can support learning beyond the classroom. Thank you Tandem!

LisaOlson

Board Member

Rating: 5

After working with Tandem on a nonprofit project, I was so impressed I decided to join their board. Tandem is one of the premier early education nonprofits in the Bay Area and works tirelessly to combat the effects of poverty and systemic racism on our youngest children. I'm proud to be a part of Tandem's effort to create an equitable and just society where all children enter school ready to succeed.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Tandem is a true asset the communities it serves. It's main programs provides books for the most needy pre-k children and follows it up with education for teachers and parents on how to read to kids. How can you not love helping children learn and develop the next generation brains?

Focus on child development is the DNA of the organization, along with a strong fiscal responsibility to be here today and tomorrow. I'm proud to be a board member for Tandem, and see it in action and the love is receives from the schools and parents it's serves.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've served on the board of Tandem for 5 years, 3 of them as chair of the board. Tandem continues to inspire me as the staff do critical work to empower families and caregivers of young children to use books as a catalyst for early brain development and building literacy and early math skills. COVID-19 has brought out even more innovation and creativity in the staff as they move to a virtual environment and figure out new ways to reach and support families. The work of Tandem is to engage at the earliest stages of a child's development to increase the chances that children arrive at kindergarten ready to learn and be successful. It is urgently-needed social justice work and this team of professionals is top notch.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Tandem is an organization that works with heart and creativity to empower families to support their young childrens' development using that age-old favorite--books!--as a catalyst and starting point for kids and their adult friends to cuddle up, tell stories, talk about pictures and words and life experiences....all of which build healthy brains in kids and set them up for success in school and life. Tandem's staff are experts in how to do this in all kinds of cultural and community settings. Now 10 years old, Tandem is entering our second decade with the leadership of our new ED, Dr. Savitha Moorthy, who brings a wealth of experience gained through research, on-the-ground community programming, and as the mom of a 3 year old. She brings expertise in STEM programming for early learners so we are excited to see how Tandem builds upon our core activities to reach more families and stretch us all in new directions.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Tandem is an incredible resource in our community! As a teacher, Tandem has provided my students and families with gorgeous, culturally relevant, and thoughtfully chosen books in their Storycycles bags for years. In the summer, Tandem also provides hundreds of multilingual books to summer preschool sites across Oakland. They put books directly into the hands of children and families. Tandem also hosts excellent parent workshops to support Oakland families with developing their child's early literacy and social emotional skills. Tandem thank you for all you do!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a developer/researcher at Teachers College, Columbia University, I have had the pleasure of working with Tandem on a project aimed at developing workshop materials designed to promote parents' reading of math picture books with young children. The Tandem folks are real professionals. They care deeply about parents and children; they are very creative in developing workshop materials; and they conduct great parent workshops. A wonderful organization!

Herb Ginsburg

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Tandem program has helped my students enjoy reading. In addition, their vocabulary and letter recognition are increasing. The books are interactive so the students are engaged. By sending books home every week, the families are getting involved in their child's development of early literacy skills. it is an excellent program that is supporting my students in their reading development.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working with Tandem is an amazing experience. All the staff is incredibly professional, friendly and dedicated to helping their communities. If Tandem agrees to help with an event they've always been extremely reliable. We have never had to worry about them being less than a perfect partner from beginning to end of any project. Our staff overall lacks bilingual skills so we especially appreciate that much of the staff is able to speak and write in Spanish. Tandem, Partners in Early Learning is making great strives in creating a more literate Contra Costa County.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Tandem does a phenomenal job working with various organizations in the area as well as families in the community.

Tandem brings a lot of awareness on the importance of early literacy. They have various programs that support early literacy which makes them unique. Their story cycles help several families in child care and preschool programs to continuously have books at their homes so they can read to their kids.

They also have a big variety of workshops and trainings for teachers and families. Their fun and interactive trainings for teachers give educators in the early childhood field ideas on how to incorporate books into their daily curriculum.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This summer I had the opportunity to intern at Tandem. Throughout my time, I have been incredibly impressed with all facets of this non-profit. All staff members are deeply committed and connected to the mission of improving early literacy which shows in daily conversation and in their approach to their programs. In addition, the team has trusted me from day 1 to work on valuable projects for the organization to improve its operations and evaluations. It has been extremely rewarding to see all of the positive feedback received from clients and utilizing those to refine what we do. I have nothing but respect for Tandem and am proud to have been able to work at an organization that aligns with my personal values.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Tandem, Partners in Early Learning, is the definition of quality: a truly great resource for children, families and educators! Tandem places high-quality children's books in children's hands, making sure that all children have access to age-appropriate literature that reflects a broad range of cultures. Tandem affords the families that my school serves the opportunity to share quality books with their children at no cost. This helps our families tremendously because the majority of families we serve struggle financially.Even trips to the library can be challenging for a working family that may not have the classic 9-5, M-F job or personal transportation. Our school is also a non-profit and relies on contracts with multiple agencies and an annual fundraiser to keep us afloat. The governors budget effects us each year and some years we've barely survived (2008!). We could never afford the materials and variety of books to create our own school-to-home library but Tandem has given us this beautiful opportunity to enrich our families lives by providing them with meaningful, beautiful, developmentally-appropriate literature and expose them to ideas and cultures they may not have otherwise experienced.

We also benefit from Tandem's workshops that they present to families and educators. These workshops are so valuable because experts, such as our literacy specialist, Laura Rodriguez , share applicable information and activities regarding brain development, language and literacy development, social and emotional development and more. Having someone as fun and upbeat as Laura is wonderful because she gives information to adults in a fun, meaningful way. These workshops back-up what educators aim to teach families and it helps to have an outside expert deliver the information in a different, more hands-on way. Families leave with new skills and information and the feeling that they can help their child succeed in the best ways possible.
All our love and gratitude to Tandem and every agency and person who supports them!

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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

We have been working with Tandem as partners in serving child development centers in the Oakland Unified School District with our one-on-one reading program, Community Reading Buddies, for many years. Tandem helped train and prepare our volunteers with interactive materials to ensure their understanding of the literacy gap our work addresses and practical tools for mentorship effectiveness. Tandem also provided age-appropriate books for us to give to the children our program serves in Oakland.

1 Genni L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our nonprofit has been partnering with Tandem for the past three years in a variety of projects. In everything we've done with Tandem, from family reading nights to literacy trainings of teen volunteers, we've found the staff to be thoughtful, professional, and knowledgable. Tandem has a wealth of resources that they aren't afraid to share; they are truly a community-minded organization and an asset to the Bay Area community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our company, UserTesting, worked with Tandem to engage the folks up at our San Francisco office. The Tandem volunteer that lead the group activity (StoryBlocks) was very engaging, personable, and made the activity a lot of fun for everyone. In addition to this, people really appreciated having an understanding of what kind of impact the project we were working on would have on the local community. The Tandem volunteer was also very accommodating and provided us with more than enough flexibility to get even more people involved during (and even after) the event than we initially planned! All in all, we had a great experience, would absolutely love to partner with Tandem again, and highly recommend reaching out to them if you'd like to make a difference in your community!

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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.

schieco

Board Member

Rating: 5

Tandem does excellent work in Early Childhood Education, with a very caring, hard-working staff. They run programs in three counties, and help with far more than just book bags. Every child should be able to read! They educate parents, medical professionals, and generally care a lot about helping to provide improved Early Childhood Education to all children.

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!

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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.

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.

inthebayarea

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

24 of us from our office volunteered with Tandem to build StoryBlocks. They were great to work with and even agreed to meet us at SoMa StrEat Food Park so we didn't have to travel after lunch and could do the activity outside. The activity was very easy to do and Lucas did a great job of explaining the impact we were making. Definitely recommend them for a group volunteer activity!

Sara R.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Tandem is a non-profit the so at operates with complete integrity and works hard serve families and communities where it's needed most. When they see a need, they go work to serve it. I have never known another organization to be so honest in their representation about the work that they do.

Jillian C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I work for Martinez Early Childhood Center, a non-profit, state-funded school that serves families in the community so that they can work and/or attend school while their child is cared for in a safe environment. Tandem has been a gift to our families for the last two years. Families receive developmentally-appropriate children's books each week that they can take home and share with their children. Every week, the children proudly take home their book bags excited to see what new stories are waiting for them. I love Tandem's StoryCycles program. Children's books can be expensive and not every family has the luxury of time to go to the library. Tandem provides the convenience of a school-to-home borrowing system which in turn supports literacy development in our young children. We know how important it is for young children to be read to and have meaningful connections with their caregivers- StoryCycles is like a tool families can use to provide this for their children. The Tandem organization also hires the most amazing people! I think you have to have special DNA to work for them because everyone involved with Tandem is fabulously talented and has a huge heart. Our children love when out literacy specialist, Laura comes to read to the children and our families love the information she shares with them about brain and literacy development. Tandem adds something magical to our school that cannot be matched. Thank you Tandem, Partners in Early Learning!!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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 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.


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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!

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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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm the Program Coordinator at Southeast Families United FRC (Edgewood Center for Children and Families) in Bayview, SF and my collaboration with Tandem was fantastic. They are a team that looks more like a family than a traditional company, and you can see that they really care about the community they serve. My experience when I went to visit their office was so welcoming; I was treated like the dear uncle they haven't seen in years. In my opinion, Tandem is a great asset to the training-education for our children, parents and other service providers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I work as a Program Director for a small, nonprofit Child Development Center on Treasure Island and can easily tell you that Tandem is one of our favorite partners. We serve low income children who do not have access to books often or trips into the city to attend the library due to working parents. Tandem has partnered us with a wonderful rep named Kelsey, who visits often doing read-alouds in all the classrooms. The children love her visits and storytelling, but most especially are 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. Teachers learn new ways to engage children in stories and books as well. We all love when Kelsey visits! This is an invaluable service for children and the people who work at Tandem are the ones who make it fantastic!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Tandem is an incredible organization. They are always asking how they can do more to help more children and families. At the same time they are careful to always grow in a sustainable and smart way, without compromising quality. Their staff is dedicated and vibrant, and they are truly leaders in the field of Early Literacy and Family Engagement.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The enthusiasm, knowledge, and pride surrounding this organization are contagious. I started with Raising a Reader as a volunteer, helping to brainstorm around their infant/toddler programs, and two years later I am a proud member of the Board of Directors. This is an organization that never rests with "good enough" but is always finding ways to be more effective, help more families, and delve even deeper. The staff is dedicated and passionate, and truly believe in the work they do.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

With their deep expertise and skillful collaboration, Tandem made our parent engagement around early literacy highly effective. I'm so grateful that the Bay Area has a partner in them.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am honored and privileged to be a member of the Board of Tandem, Partners in Early Learning, a leader in early childhood literacy. Tandem's dedicated and enthusiastic staff and volunteers work tirelessly to spark the joy and close the opportunity gap through Tandem's book sharing program, parent and educator workshops, and community literacy events. Tandem is known for its innovative and collaborative approaches to improving childhood literacy and works closely with parents and educators to empower them to spark the joy of reading and learning in young children.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Early childhood literacy is the highest impact investment we can make in children's futures. However, to be truly transformative, book-sharing/reading programs must be coupled with literacy development. Tandem is leading the way by providing a suite of wraparound services to support parents and educators in developing early literacy, which is the number 1 predictor of future success in school and in life. The tandem team is tireless and deliberate in adapting to the needs of its communities and families and is a pioneer in the future of early childhood development.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a pediatrician, parent, and grandparent I am thrilled to endorse TANDEM Partners in Early Learning as an outstanding organization that does what it says it will do to close the achievement gap. The creativity and flexibility of programming and staff to bring age and culturally appropriate books to young children and their families are outstanding. But it is not only the books TANDEM brings to the communities it serves. It partners in tandem with the families, care givers, teachers, and the community of the child to teach the science and art of each child attaining its full potential.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member I proudly applaud the staff and managers of
Raising a Reader San Francisco, Alameda, and Contra Costa Counties (RAR Bay Area). As an organization it expertly fulfills its mission and commitments. Its initial commitment has been to RAR National who has provided the scientifically proven literacy building blocks, most notably the signature Red Bag Book Rotation. The age and culturally appropriate book collection is fantastic. RAR Bay Area’s ongoing commitment is to the over 14,000 children and their families and their communities, most of which have been underserved.
They have been incredibly resourceful and innovative in expanding the basic model by providing additional teacher, parent, and caregiver training. This training based on brain development teaches how to positively mold and influence the child for early literacy and life-long success. The benefits of family bonding and growth through singing, talking and reading are also the rewards.
Our funders are proud to be part of RAR Bay Area’s success and support the expansion of programs and services into new communities and with new partners.
Donna Dolislager, M.D.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud and honored to be a board member of Tandem, with its noble mission of improving literacy among young children. The staff, volunteers, and community do an amazing job of sparking excitement in reading, so that it is not a chore, but a joy! Kudos to them all. Thousands upon thousands of children and their families have benefited as a result of their work.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Tandem focuses on building literacy skills in underserved areas in the Bay Area. Growing up in a low income area in the East Bay, reading was a differentiator for my own academic success. Reading books and experiencing places and ideas that were foreign to my own existence was an inspiration for me to excel in school. Tandem provides the first experience with book sharing in these families and helps build a foundation for success in school. Both Travis and I serve on the Board of Directors for Tandem and we are excited by the work and results they achieve in underserved areas of the Bay Area.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Tandem does a great job serving over 14,000 underprivileged kids in the SF Bay Area! Excited for what's in store for them now as an independent non-profit organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They put in many hours to make sure that their goals are met. They truly believe in their mission and purpose. Their vision inspired me to volunteer for them. They set up an "internship" for me so I can learn more about non-profits' operations while I volunteer for them. They are one of the best organizations in San Francisco

Kirsty T.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am exceptionally proud to be serving on the board of directors at Raising a Reader. Molly and her staff are doing a tremendous job at their stated goal of building early literacy through family engagement. I am always impressed at the passion and enthusiasm of the staff and other board members, which coupled with rigorous annual/quarterly planning and relentless execution continues to deliver and expand the program well beyond objectives.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Raising A Reader San Francisco and Alameda Counties is an inspiring organization. I am really happy to be a part of it as a board member and have been incredibly impressed with the professionalism of the staff and by the impact they are having in the community. I grew up in a bilingual household where building a comfort with reading was more difficult. Seeing how RAR is going into homes and engaging the whole family and creating a mindset of learning would have made a huge difference in my home and is why I am inspired by their work.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Raising a Reader is doing cutting edge work in the Bay by taking a more holistic approach to literacy. As someone who works with many educators, I really appreciate the idea of family engagement as a tool for early childhood literacy. RAR does great work in supporting families in the community to develop skills in helping their children succeed from a very early age and working towards narrowing the "30 million word gap" particularly in low-income communities that have less access to resources. RAR staff are passionate about the advancement of our next generation and about changing the world to be more equitable for all children to have a chance at success. Kudos to the great work of building brilliant minds in our children and stronger communities (families and educators) to support them!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Raising a reader is a wonderful way for our us to share a variety of stories with our child! It is very convenient since the teachers hand them out to us every week! IWhat a wonderful progrma!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Raising A Reader Bay Area goes WAY beyond sharing wonderful children's books with 0-6 year olds from under resourced areas. And the book sharing in and of itself is huge, given that parents and caregivers who are piecing together multiple minimum wage jobs and relying on the (unreliable and slow public bus system) are not going to have money to buy books OR the time to get to a public library (especially given how limited library hours are these days due to municipal budget cuts). But RAR is such a thoughtful and responsive nonprofit -- plus fierce like a roaring/RARing tiger! -- that its smart and dedicated staff also provide support to teachers and parents and other caregivers to their target kids. RAR supports adults in reading MORE and in reading BETTER. They model interactive reading (SO MUCH FUN TO WATCH!) and make it easy for parents to make reading time a time for bonding as well and emphasize the building blocks of reading/literacy and even address how reading can be fun and useful even for caregivers who have limited literacy themselves.

P.S. RAR staff are FUN! Trust me, that is actually quite rare in nonprofits -- especially those addressing inequities AND that are effective.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

An organization that is passionate about creating change in this world for the little minds in the world. Amazingly thoughtful about their engagement with the families, educators and communities. They rock!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing program for little brains - we loved having the bags arrive and opening them - like a present every time. Made reading fun and created such a nice time with my kids. And all delivered to our school! Amazing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Raising a Reader is a wonderful organization! Not only do they provide us with the physical tools(books and book bags) to share great books with the children at our center, they provide the teachers with the tools to foster the love of books in children. They will do workshops for teachers as well as come and do events in the classroom with the children and families. The children at our center look forward to the "red book bags" each week. It is such a great feeling when you see a child "read" a book to themselves, just by memorization because it has been read to them so many times out of love.