Family involvement is fundamental to students' success, yet many parents don't have the skills or resources to become effective school advocates for their children. That's where Turning the Page comes in. TTP recruits "hard to reach" parents from historically under-served schools and helps them become active and effective participants in their children’s education. Community Nights bring everyone together for parent workshops, student mentoring, dinner, book giveaways, and special visits from popular authors who make reading come alive. Discussions cover everything from parental involvement at school to academic standards, from understanding how children learn to tips for learning at home, and from preparing for high school to planning for college. TTP also provides opportunities for families to learn outside the classroom, especially during the summer months when parents find it difficult to identify productive activities for their children. TTP has sponsored trips to dozens of museums and landmarks, distributed more than 100,000 books, and hosted over 800 Community Nights. What could be more gratifying than helping parents and children develop a 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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Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Turning the Page is: Less than $500k

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