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When you join Women United with a minimum annual gift of $1,000 or if you make a general contribution to the Women United Fund, you'll be directly impacting our ReadNYC Books from Birth and Expanded Learning Time initiatives.

Books from Birth is a critical initiative of ReadNYC that ensures low income children have culturally relevant and age appropriate books—the essential and basic tools they need in order to achieve academically.

Why it Matters:

  • 70% of low-income families don’t have books at home for their children.
  • Studies have shown that owning 25 books or more has a sizeable effect on achievement, with each additional increment of books improving achievement.
  • Children in poor communities live in "book deserts," communities in which there is limited to no access to children’s books.

Investment Levels

  • $500: Provides 10 pre-school children with access to high-quality educational programming, in-home libraries, and training parents to support their child at home.
  • $1,000: Provides 20 pre-school children with access to high-quality educational programming, in-home libraries, and training parents to support their child at home.
  • $2,500: Provides 40 pre-school children with access to high-quality educational programming, in-home libraries, and training parents to support their child at home.
  • $5,000: Provides 100 pre-school children with access to high-quality educational programming, in-home libraries, and training parents to support their child at home.
  • $7,500: Provides 150 pre-school children with access to high-quality educational programming, in-home libraries, and training parents to support their child at home.
  • $10,000: Provides 200 pre-school children with access to high-quality educational programming, in-home libraries, and training parents to support their child at home.

Expanded Learning Time is an element of ReadNYC that provides students in low-income neighborhoods access to early childhood educational supports. Families are struggling every day to provide after school care for their children, but affordable options that will provide an engaging experience is limited.

Why it Matters:

  • Many low-income students have not had access to early childhood educational supports, and as a result they often enter the school system many years behind. Having additional time each day which provides them with more time for learning is critical.
  • Students also need 1 on 1 tutoring to address their specific needs as there is typically 1 teacher for a classroom of 35 low-income, high need students.
  • ReadNYC makes sure that students receive 1 on 1 tutoring and hours of expanded learning time that adds up to an equivalent of 2 months of additional school, giving them the time and support they need so they can meet and exceed their goals.

Investment Levels

  • $2,000: Provides high-quality academic enrichment to 1 student that adds the equivalent of one to two months of school instruction through an extended learning day during the full school year and a 12-week summer learning program.
  • $4,000: Provide high-quality academic enrichment to 2 students that adds the equivalent of one to two months of school instruction through an extended learning day during the full school year and a 12-week summer learning program.
  • $6,000: Provide high-quality academic enrichment to 3 students that adds the equivalent of one to two months of school instruction through an extended learning day during the full school year and a 12-week summer learning program.
  • $8,000: Provide high-quality academic enrichment to 4 students that adds the equivalent of one to two months of school instruction through an extended learning day during the full school year and a 12-week summer learning program.
  • $10,000: Provide high-quality academic enrichment to 5 students that adds the equivalent of one to two months of school instruction through an extended learning day during the full school year and a 12-week summer learning program."
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