More than twenty independent evaluations indicate significant improvements in family reading behaviors and school readiness across children from diverse socio-economic, cultural and language backgrounds after participating in Tandem. Tandem's evidence-based early literacy and family engagement program is unparalleled in the nonprofit literacy world. No other national program offers an independently validated family engagement solution for children aged 0-8.


Tandem Helps Families Develop, Practice, and Sustain Home Literacy Routines

Practice Reading With Your Child Daily

To practice the habit of sharing books, each week children bring home a bright red book bags filled with award-winning books; so that each day children invite a loved one to share a book with them. Every week each child brings home a different bag of books so that, on average, more than 100 high quality books will rotated through a child's home over the course of a typical rotation cycle.

Family Engagement Affects Academic Achievement

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Reading Builds Strong Brains!

Edith shares her experiences sharing books with her child. As you read together, asking questions about what your child thinks will happen next in the story helps build prediction skills. Introduce new words as you share the book together you're building vocabulary and setting your child up for future success!

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Practicing Prediction and Building Vocabulary

When reading with your child, let him or her take the lead. Ask your child questions about the pictures they see, and invite them to tell you more about what's happening on the pages you're building confidence and brain power each time you share a book together!

Family From Mr. Ajayi's Preschool Class at Lincoln Elementary  School 2013-2104

Family From Mr. Ajayi's Preschool Class at Lincoln Elementary  School 2013-2104

Stanford 'tips-by-text' program helps boost literacy in preschoolers, study finds-

Researchers found that the texts, which prompted parents to engage in literacy activities with their children, had a positive impact on learning.

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