Feb 16, 2019

Why are words the #1 way to fight education inequality?

Since 2014, Word Rebel has empowered parents living in poverty to make literacy part of their child's daily routine. 


In 2014, I was a high school special education teacher with students reading 4 - 6 years below grade level. I realized only 1 in 10 truly had a learning disability; The rest had a vocabulary deficit. I researched the most effective vocabulary interventions only to find that high school and even elementary school is too late to intervene because the vocabulary gap begins before preschool. The average child born into poverty starts preschool knowing just 500 words, while their affluent peers know 1,100. This 600-word-deficit becomes a 15,000-word-deficit by 10th grade.

I was teaching 21-year-old seniors who had experienced 18 years of academic injustice. I could keep teaching or I could reach students before they were misclassified with disabilities. 

I founded Word Rebel on the belief that - despite limited time and resorces - low-income families could give their children the same opportunities as affluent families. Since 2014, you have helped make this possible - raising nearly $32,000 to donate over 8,000 books.

In 2019, families will once again enjoy a shipment of best-selling books. They will also receive an entire year of weekly eBooks, literacy videos and evidence-based strategies - proven to increase childhood vocabulary and literacy skills in just minutes a day.

Thank you for joining me and my 20 daycare partners to launch our fifth year building home libraries and a culture of literacy in thousands of homes throughout New York City.

Please accept our deepest gratitude for helping us close the preschool readiness gap one child at a time.

Nov 22, 2018

You made it possible

Today, I have so much to be thankful for.

Because of donors like you, we have completed our 4th year of early childhood literacy programming. In 2018, 1,500 children took home new books and 800 parents are now enjoying weekly tips via text message - proven to improve child vocabulary and reading skills.

Thank you for joining educators like me and my 20 daycare partners to build 1,500 home libraries with award-winning authors: Dr. Seuss; Eric Carle; Denise Fleming; Mo Willems; P.D. Eastman; and more!

Please accept our deepest gratitude for helping us close the preschool readiness gap one child at a time.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Oct 9, 2018

Parents are Enjoying Storytime!

Photo by University Settlement Children's Corner.
Photo by University Settlement Children's Corner.
Thanks to donors like you, we have shipped books to all of the children at our daycare partners, and enrolled families in an entire year of eBooks, read-along video books and tips to teach early reading and language skills via weekly emails and text-messages. 
We  have also welcomed a new partner; Rena Day Care Center in Harlem! All 160 children at this site now have the resources they need to build their home libraries and longterm reading ability.
We are grateful for the opportunity to build home libraries with modern classics: Giraffes Can't Dance; Chicka Chicka Boom; Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus; and more!
Hundreds of our children are raised in Spanish-speaking homes and will receive spanish text messages and bilingual versions of classic titles: A Color of His Own; A Very Hungry Caterpillar; Brown Bear, Brown Bear; and more!
Thank you for giving our children the preschool vocabulary they need to succeed through high school graduation.
Ready4K Texts - Available in English & Spanish
Ready4K Texts - Available in English & Spanish
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