In 2001, Reading is Fundamental of Austin pioneered providing free books and motivational programming to Austin’s youngest children through its Reading is Fundamental Infant and Preschool Program. We’ve taken that model — proven to increase the motivation to read — and enhanced it with the coordination of supportive, hands-on motivational activities that support a wide range of personal learning interests for the child.
Early Childhood Programs at BookSpring serve thousands of children in Austin each year in dozens of local Head Start centers, Austin ISD elementary schools, Austin public libraries and other child development centers. These schools have a very high percentage of low socio-economic status children. They and their families need the inspiration and support of high quality reading materials that they can take home and make their own.
Children who do not have access to books and do not read regularly are vulnerable to a wide variety of negative social outcomes. They are at risk for educational failure, and lack the social support networks that help scaffold a child for success.
Early Childhood Programs at BookSpring provide “forever books” to Austin area children.
Last year the Early Childhood programs in Austin put over 5,000 brand new books into the hands of children who might not otherwise have books of their own.