TTP recruits public school parents from under-resourced schools and helps them become active and effective participants in their children’s education. Community Nights bring everyone together for parent workshops, student mentoring, book giveaways, and visits from popular authors who make reading come alive. New workshops and online educational resources designed to address pandemic-related learning slide provide parents with concrete steps to support learning at home, foster collaboration with teachers, and identify valuable community resources. Sessions that focus on reading (selecting high-quality books, effectively reading at home, supporting reading progress) and social-emotional learning have been adapted to be most relevant during the difficult transition back to school. Sponsoring a summer program, over 100 trips, 125,000 books, and 1000 Community Nights: what could be more gratifying than seeing parents and children develop their love of learning?

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 8

Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Adult (25-49)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Caucasian

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Schools They Work In: Garfield Elementary; MLK Elementary; Patterson Elementary; Savoy Elementary; Turner Elementary; Ketcham Elementary; Hart Middle School; Kramer Middle School

  • Free children's books distributed EACH YEAR to families for their home libraries.:   3,000
  • Extra school days worth of reading students with families in TTP programs log every year from at-home reading.:   26
  • Number of public school families engaged in education through TTP programming in the past 15 years:   5,000
  • %of students involved with TTP for three or more years who show markedly higher levels of literacy and motivation in school compared to students involved with TTP for less than one year.:   84%
  • Number of Author Visits with published children's book authors TTP has held with public school families.:   150

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