First Book’s Community of Educators Tops 275,000, Provides Growing Insights, Market Power to Further Educational Equity
Network Now Reaches 20 Percent of Classrooms, Programs Serving Children in Need
WASHINGTON, June 14, 2016 – A
First Book, which has operations in both the U.S. and Canada, works with formal and informal educators serving children in need ages 0-18 in a wide range of settings – from schools, classrooms, summer school and park and rec programs, to health clinics, homeless shelters, faith-based programs, libraries, museums, summer food sites and more. The organization estimates there are more than 1.3 million classrooms and programs that are serving children in need in the U.S. alone, more than 5,000 of which sign up with First Book every month.
“As the First Book network of educators continues to grow, we are gaining new insight regarding the educational barriers for children from low-income families, how educators apply books and resources in their teaching, what resonates with kids in need, and what additional resources can help address the opportunity gap and increase educational achievement,” said Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book.
In surveys of educators and program leaders working with First Book:
- 93 percent say their goal is to foster a lifelong love of reading among the children they serve;
- 79 percent say they use First Book resources to help their students read at grade level;
- 65 percent say they are striving to create opportunities for parents and caregivers to read to their kids regularly;
- 53 percent use resources they receive from First Book to foster children’s character development and personal growth; and
- 51 percent use books and resources from First Book as a way to enable kids to learn about other cultures and experiences.
Fifty-two percent of children served through First Book live in urban areas; 26 percent in rural areas, 20 percent in suburban areas and 2 percent live in Indian/Tribal Nation communities.
“Educators and programs serving children in need are on the
By aggregating the needs and buying
Through the organization’s newly redesigned First Book Marketplace, the award-winning e-commerce site, educators can access high-quality, new books, learning
To date, First Book has distributed almost 150 million books and resources to kids in need. First Book recruits third-party funding through individual donors, corporate
“In a world of abundance for so many, no child should be growing up without books and basic educational resources,” said Zimmer. “Through our partnerships with publishers, educators, suppliers,
About First Book
First Book is a nonprofit, social enterprise that provides new books, learning materials and essentials to children in need. First Book has distributed nearly 150 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada.