Team First Book Philadelphia targets the single largest barrier to the development of literacy by providing new books to children in need, allowing recipients to build a home library. In 2014, Team First Book Philadelphia provided over 49,000 books to children in low-income pre-schools, charter schools, after-school programs, and community initiatives. Communities In Schools of Philadelphia (CIS of Philadelphia) was among those Philadelphia recipients, receiving more than 3000 books to distribute to young parents and their children in the ELECT Program. CIS of Philadelphia is one of the providers of the School District of Philadelphia’s ELECT Initiative serving teen parents.
As an added bonus, CIS of Philadelphia was thrilled to receive a 2015 First Book Grant. This generous award will allow us to provide more than 2500 books to ELECT teen parents at a critical time of year to combat the loss of learning during summer months known as the “Summer Slide.” This summer CIS of Philadelphia will provide six new, age-appropriate books for each child and three for each teen parent participating in the ELECT program. Site Coordinators will distribute books and teach the young parents about promoting literacy and development in their children but also building their own bond with books by offering titles for young adult and reluctant readers. CIS feels extremely fortunate for the opportunity to impact two generations of readers and work with young families as they build their home libraries through these valuable Team First Book Philadelphia awards!