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  • What We Do

    What We Do

    Ferst Readers addresses one of the most basic issues of childhood literacy-ensuring the availability of quality books in the home so that parents can read to their child. Read More
  • Why We Do ItWhy We Do It

    Why We Do ItWhy We Do It

    Ferst Readers is making a difference in the lives of children, one book at a time. We know this, not only from impressive test scores of Ferst graduates, but from parents themselves, who tell us everyday how much they value their children being part of the Ferst Readers program.We are making a difference in the lives of children one book at a time. We know this, not only from impressive test scores of Ferst graduates, but from parents, who tell us everyday. Read More
  • How You Can HelpHow You Can Help

    How You Can HelpHow You Can Help

    We are always looking for new volunteers to join our Community Action Teams or start mailing books to children in new communities! There are many opportunities to help spread the love of reading in your community, so If you want to help bring books to children, contact us today!
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  • Adopt A ReaderAdopt A Reader

    Adopt A ReaderAdopt A Reader

    Ferst Readers cannot address all the issues of early literacy; but, we can eliminate a major reason why parents don't read to their child – the availability of books in the home.
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    Ferst Readers cannot address all the issues of early literacy; however, we can eliminate one of the major reasons why parents do not read to their child – the availability of quality books in the home.

    Some things can wait. Investing in our youngest children cannot.
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  • Ferst Gift

    Ferst Gift

    If a child you love doesn't live in a participating community, you can still send them a Ferst Readers book each month with our Ferst Gift Subscription Program.
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Changing Children's Lives With the Gift of Literacy

Changing Children's Lives With the Gift of Literacy

Imagine a young child receiving a book in the mail every month until the age of five. What better way to say reading is important? Children enrolled in the Ferst Program receive a new book every month in the mail until their 5th birthday. There is absolutely no cost (ever) to registered children in participating areas! The program is made possible through the partnership with local, all-volunteer Community Action Teams (CATs).

Ferst Readers is a 501C3 organization whose funding is provided through private donations, corporate sponsorships, and grants. Contact us to help with a local program or get a new one started in your area so that we may work together to bring the gift of literacy to every child from birth-5 years old. Partnering together, we can help prepare every child for success in school and in life.

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  • For Parents

    The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children. Read More >>>
     
  • Program Overview

    Our Mission: Strengthening communities by providing quality books and literacy resources for children and their families to use at home during the earliest stages of development. Read More >>>
  • Get Involved

    Approximately 61 percent of low-income families do not have a single piece of reading material suitable for a child. Find out how you can help. Read More >>>
     
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Ensuring that children develop early literacy skills is one of the most important things we can do - as parents, as teachers - and as a society.

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