Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program 


Page Ahead gives kids in need the chance to read! 

Page Ahead helps children in need succeed in school by developing strong reading skills. We serve children, families and communities with new books for children; literacy support for families; and reading resources for communities. The leading provider of children’s books and literacy services in Washington State, Page Ahead has given 2.7 million new books to more than 715,000 children since 1990. We are proud to have received the Afterschool Hall of Fame Award for leadership and innovation in afterschool programs.

Mission Statement
Guided by the fact that literacy is essential to lifelong success, Page Ahead provides new books and develops reading activities that empower at-risk children.
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Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program
1130 NW 85th St 
(206) 461-0123 

Susan Dibble 
Executive Director 


Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program Programs

Book Up Summer: Gives students from low-income families the resources and incentive they need to maintain their reading skills during the summer, and return to school in the fall ready to learn.

Families Read: Page Ahead offers workshops and resources for low-income parents to help them support their children’s reading efforts.

Story Times:  Trained volunteers bring reading fun and inspiration to preschool and kindergarten age children in the Puget Sound area and Spokane.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

Juan Carlos started second grade this year – and his reading jumped 5 levels over the summer!  We couldn’t believe it!  When I asked him how he got so much better over the summer, he said he ‘Read all the Book Up Summer books over and over all summer long.’  This is huge success!”             Linda Wheeler, Librarian, Beverly Park Elementary  

Page Ahead needs your help to provide more books to children like Juan Carlos.  Thank you for giving kids in need the chance to read.


Page Ahead is focused on getting children excited about reading in hopes that they spend more time reading and become stronger readers. Children with literacy problems typically come from low-income families, have no books at home, and have caregivers who are not aware of the importance of reading to their children. Studies have shown that books at home and reading aloud to children are two of the most important factors that help children develop language and reading skills.

Use of Best Practices
Based on research, best practices and regular surveys of its partner sites, Page Ahead helps parents become active participants in their child's literacy development. Their workshops are taught by qualified staff and engage the parents in hands-on activities. This prepares the parents to take the activities home to their children.

Accessibility and Cultural Competency
Whenever possible, Page Ahead presents material in the language of the participating audience, rather than presenting in English with translation. PA plans to increase the number of workshops offered in Spanish, and is reaching out to Latino communities across the state to support that effort.

Page Ahead has been highly effective at building relationships with corporations and community organizations to hold book drives and adopt program sites.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

10/1/2008 $15,000.00support general operating expenses.
6/21/2006 $15,500.00support general operating expenses.


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