A New School Year Begins

A Look Back at our Progress from Last Year

As the 2010-2011 school year begins, Reading And Beyond looks back at what we’ve accomplished since the start of the last year.  The difference we’ve made together in the course of one school year is amazing.  Here are some highlights from 2009-2010:

  1. Bullet 1,264 students were enrolled in our free literacy tutoring programs.

  2. Bullet 79% of our students improved their reading at least one grade level since starting the program (students that have participated in the program for at least six months).

  3. Bullet 1,684 children attended our Supervised Children’s Rooms, which provide assistance for families in the process of obtaining Fresno County support services.

  4. Bullet 63 high school seniors enrolled in our Upward Bound college preparation program.  Of these students, 53 continued in the Upward Bound Summer Institute.

  5. Bullet 94% of parents in the Madera Adult School Literacy Program improved their reading skills at least one reading level.  Of these parents, 20% improved 3 levels.


New Community-Based Site

Einstein Park Neighborhood Center

We are excited to announce that, starting on October 1st, Reading And Beyond will begin running the Einstein Park Neighborhood Center, formerly run by the City of Fresno.

This arrangement is the result of Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin’s proposal to work with the non-profit community to avoid closure of the city’s community centers.  Reading And Beyond has been chosen to be the lead agency responsible for providing quality educational and recreational programming at Einstein Park.

The center will offer literacy tutoring, arts and crafts, fitness activities using the SPARK curriculum, and homework help.  There will also be supervised recreation for families not participating in our programs; board games, a pool table, books, and homework tables.

Reading And Beyond continues to grow, reaching more families through new programs, partners, and community-based sites like Einstein Park Neighborhood Center.

The center will be open Monday through Friday from 3:00-7:00 p.m.


Announcing an Easier Way to Support Reading And Beyond

Help us reach more families through our programs and services.  Make a one-time donation or pledge to make a monthly donation.  Click a button below to donate now, or visit our Donations page for more information.

Bridge Academy

Bridge Academy, our job readiness program, was featured on the front page of The Fresno Bee newspaper’s Sunday edition.  The article details the formation and goals of the program, and highlights Nick Valencia as one of its first success stories.

Read the article here

A Big Red Friend

Clifford The Big Red Dog

visits Reading And Beyond

Everyone’s favorite giant dog, Clifford, stopped by our Southeast Fresno office to show his support for helping children perform better in school.  We’d like to thank our lovable friend for his support, and the Fresno County Office of Education Migrant Program for making his visit possible.

Photo: Clifford with Community Connection Coordinator Maria Ceballos and her son Salvador.

Current Job Openings

  1. Bullet Adult Mentor / Family Coach

  2. Bullet Master Teacher

Click on a job title to download a complete job description.  To apply, please visit our Jobs Page.

Suggestion Box

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Reading And Beyond

4819 E. Butler Avenue

Fresno, CA 93727

559/454-8810 Ph.

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Summer Program Re-Cap

Reading And Beyond's 2010 Summer Program came to a close on August 6.  Over 400 children participated at seven Fresno sites.  The program included literacy tutoring, health and fitness education, arts and crafts, and community service.

View the Photo Gallery of

the Summer Program


Success Spotlight

Bridge Academy - Job Readiness Program

Bridge Academy, our job readiness program, is designed to help eligible unemployed and under-employed adults become employed or job-ready in an effort to achieve and maintain self-reliance.

George Muñoz is a 19-year-old active participant in Bridge Academy...

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eNewsletter - Issue 7 - August 2010

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