We do a lot of teaching with the families and encourage them to use books as an initial form of communicating and learning to be more engaged with their babies.
Rosaline Lee, longtime Read Aloud Coalition member

Golden Gate Regional Center, California Department of Developmental Services

Biannually, we have our graduation for clients who have completed the 2 1/2 year home visiting program. The nurse manager told me, “One of the mothers I spoke with at graduation told me that her son’s favorite things are balls and books. Your work is supporting our clients’ literacy!”
Amy A.

San Francisco Nurse Family Partnership

Read Aloud Program

Our Read Aloud Program promotes early literacy and learning for San Francisco Bay Area children aged 0-5. Although we’re located in one of the wealthiest regions in the world, a large number of our children face significant barriers to their literacy success—barriers such as homelessness, food insecurity, and lack of financial resources. These children enter school significantly less prepared to learn to read than many of their peers.  

Since 1998, the Read Aloud Program has worked to address this need, collaborating with local service providers, early childhood educators, nurse home visitors, community health workers, and parenting coaches to support parents in bolstering their children’s literacy development through age-appropriate books, skill-building, and best practices during a critical stage of brain development.    

We offer a series of workshops, free of charge, for Bay Area service providers who want to integrate more early literacy development skills and tools into their work with families with young children. Our workshop series includes curriculum, peer networking, presentations by local experts, and free access to dozens of new, culturally relevant books to support children aged 5 and younger. Families that receive free books from us often report that these are the first books that their children—or household—have ever owned.  

How to get involved 

We are able to offer this program thanks to the active involvement of community partners, book distributors, and donors. There are a number of ways to get involved:

  • Family-serving organizations: Become a member of the Read Aloud Program to access our free curriculum, peer networking, and curated books for the families you serve. Eligible members represent Bay Area organizations and work directly with families of children 0-5 from marginalized and/or at-risk communities.
  • Early childhood development experts: Volunteer to present at an upcoming workshop to promote your knowledge and resources among service providers who work with hundreds of families around the Bay Area.
  • Book publishers and distributors: Donate free or discounted, age-appropriate books to our program and receive acknowledgment on our website and social media.
  • Donors: Consider giving a grant or donation to keep this program going!  

If you have questions or would like to get involved, please contact the Read Aloud Program Director for more information.