Nov 13, 2019

Thank you for making five years possible!

Word Rebel has officially completed its fifth and final year of programming. 

Because of your generosity, we are grateful to be able to close out our final year of programming with a second donation of books for all of our families, which includes Oh the Places You'll Go!, Horton Hears a Who and other modern classics by Eric Carle, Peter Reynolds, Mo Willems and more. 

As you may know, Word Rebel is a volunteer-run charity. As the founder and program director, I can no longer lead Word Rebel's New York City programming while living out of state. While no longer donating books, Word Rebel will now be a one-stop shop for under-resourced families and educators to find free books, eBooks, literacy activites and other early childhood educational materials. 

I founded Word Rebel on the belief that - despite limited time and resources - low-income families could give their children the same opportunities as affluent families. Since 2014, you have helped make this possible - raising nearly $35,000 to donate over 10,000 books.

In addition to book donations, our family engagement and literacy curriculum - delivered via weekly email and text message - has been proven to boost child learning by an additional three months over the course of one year. All of our families who enrolled over the past five years will continue to receive educational text messages until their children are in third grade.

Since 2014, Word Rebel has empowered parents living in poverty to make literacy part of their child's daily routine. Five years ago, I was teaching high school special education in NYC. I realized 9 of my 10 students did not truly have a reading disability; they had a vocabulary deficit. I was teaching 21-year-old seniors who believed they could not read. In reality, I was witnessing the cycle of poverty, which only allows a privileged minority to prioritize early learning experiences. I decided I could keep teaching or I could reach children before they were misclassified with learning disabilities.

If you would like to continue to support our mission to close the preschool readiness gap, I recommend the organizations below:

Please accept our deepest gratitude for your generosity over the past five years. 

We hope you know how much we have appreciated your support.


Aug 16, 2019

2019 programming has begun!

Thanks to donors like you, we have officially launched our fifth year of programming! Our twenty childcare partners are now enrolling 1,500 families in our family engagement and literacy curriculum - delivered via weekly email and text message. Once enrolled, our partners will send families home with English and Spanish-English bilingual books to build home libraries.

Because preschool vocabulary predicts high school graduation rates, we empower families to teach children the words they need to reach their full potential.

Our programs include three unique components:

  1. Annual Book Donation: Families take home one book to build their home library.
  2. Weekly Text Messages: Families receive three evidence-based Ready4K text messages a week with tips to build on existing family routines to teach early learning skills. Ready4K texts are proven to increase parent engagement and boost child learning by an additional three months in just one year. Texts are available in English, Spanish and Arabic and are differentiated for children from birth to third grade – so families will enjoy our programs for up to eight years!
  3. Weekly Emails: Families receive three literacy emails a week containing eBooks, read along videos, guided reading questions and easy strategies to teach vocabulary on-the-go.

Our annual books shipment and ongoing family engagement and literacy curriculum are only possible because of your ongoing support. We cannot thank you enough for all you have already done to support our cause. Thank you for helping us close the preschool readiness gap one word at a time. 

May 13, 2019

We're on YouTube!

As always, we're working to make it free and easy for any parent to teach children the words they need to succeed from preschool through high school graduation.

That is why we've launched our YouTube Channel to share hundreds of read along children’s stories and animated phonics videos with our partnering daycares and families! 

Every Monday, we email parents a video link to effortlessly teach their children one weekly phonics skill. Using animated videos, children have fun learning short and long vowel sounds (hop vs. hope, cap vs. cape, kit vs. kite), digraphs (ch, sh, ph, th), blends (fr, fl, sp, sw, sl, bl, br), diphthongs (oi, oa, ea, ai) and other challenging word pronunciations.

On Friday nights, families can simply open their inbox to enjoy one of our a read along bedtime stories.

Regardless of limited time and money, we hope to empower all families to prioritize daily literacy and subsequent academic achievement. Our weekly emails deliver a library worth of books to our families’ fingertips. When all children have equal access to resources, all children start preschool with an equal opportunity to succeed.

Thank you for supporting our mission to close the preschool readiness gap one word at a time.

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