Clothes Less Traveled has awarded a Annual Grant of $10,000 to Ferst Readers.

Providing books to children in their own homes from such an early stage of life is so critical. Reading skills are vital to the growth and future if our community. Ferst Readers changes the lives of local children with no or little access to reading materials, and Clothes Less Traveled is honored to support your program.

Ferst Readers was founded in 1999 to address the growing problem of children, many from from low-income communities, entering kindergarten without basic early literacy skills and school readiness, a preventable problem that has far-reaching impacts throughout students’ lives. The recipe for early school success is simple: start school with strong literacy skills. Ferst Readers’s recipe for encouraging early literacy development is even simpler. Ensure children have developmentally-appropriate books in their home and provide parents with resources that support them in their role as their child’s first teacher.

Children in the Ferst Readers literacy program receive a bookstore-quality, age-specific book and resources mailed to them at home every month until their fifth birthday. It’s this access to print that helps create a language-rich environment in the home.