What We Believe
The philosophy of our organization is based on the research that says reaching out to the "whole" child will help children develop skills and abilities necessary for a happy and successful life.
Our direct work with our children is important – but working with the child’s entire family is equally important. This will ensure sustainable change and results, even after the child graduates from our programs.
Further, working with our children and their families on a long-term basis will further prevent the likelihood of engagement in unhealthy and risky behaviors, as well as academic failure.
What We Do
To reach this vision Reading And Beyond goes where families are, offering holistic, research-based programs at multiple sites throughout Fresno and Madera Counties. Programs include:
- K12 - Before and After School Programs
- Local Dental Pilot Project
- Family Success Zone
- California Bridge Academies
Reading And Beyond reaches out to families at apartment complexes, shopping centers, schools, and community organizations and conducts educational home-visits.
At Reading And Beyond, children from families with limited education discover their potential as students, and set new limits and expectations for themselves. And parents learn how they can help their children succeed at school even when they feel academically unprepared to help them.
Reading And Beyond has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, The White House Office for Faith and Community Based Initiatives, local businesses, school districts for our quality services for parents and children. Independent and in-house evaluations and reports from parents and teachers demonstrate the direct community benefit of the program.
Who We Serve
Reading And Beyond targets communities that are low-income to poverty-level and provides programming for children aged 0 to 18 years, parents, and entire families.
As a grass-roots community-based organization, Reading And Beyond has developed strategies and best-practices that successfully reach even the most difficult-to-reach families in rural and urban areas – including those families that are low-literate and poverty-level.
We see ourselves as bridging the "achievement gap" for our children by providing holistic and long-term programs.