Our Vision

All students are literate by the end of first grade.

At Literacy Trust, we believe that access to quality education is a fundamental element of a functioning democracy that all children deserve. The ability to read is an essential skill for children's academic success and overall well-being. However, reading does not come easily for all students, for a variety of reasons.

According to the results of the 2013 National Assessment of Education Progress reading test, 65% of U.S. 4th graders read below grade level.  Students who are poor readers in third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school than their skilled reading peers.  Acquisition of foundational reading skills in the primary grades is fundamental. Therefore, we focus our work on providing high risk students with intervention to ensure mastery is achieved.

Our mission is to leverage what already exists in school communities - talented, passionate adults - to build capacity and create fluent, motivated, self-confident readers. We know there are thousands of educators in New York City already doing great work against tremendous odds. It is an honor to work alongside our school communities to achieve our shared goals for students.

Our approach is student-focused, research-based and community-oriented.  We foster collaboration, develop leaders, and promote inclusiveness. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.

Literacy Trust strives to one day see a world in which all members of society are literate by the end of first grade. We know that the ability to read is the foundation of social equality.  At Literacy Trust, we promote events, ideas, thinking, programs, and communities that inspire action in pursuit of universal access to literacy.

Tiffany Zapico
Executive Director, Literacy Trust

Our Mission

Our mission is to leverage what already exists in our school communities to increase educational capacity to create more fluent, motivated, self-confident readers.