Spark Joy and Close the Opportunity Gap

Join us as we partner with families, educators, and communities to surround young children with interactive learning opportunities that build early language and literacy skills, strengthen social and emotional skills, and foster a lifelong love of learning.

 

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Early learning is strongly tied to long-term future academic success.

Too many Bay Area children are already at a huge disadvantage before they reach kindergarten. They deserve better.

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We can close the opportunity gap – Together

It starts with a book, but it doesn’t end there. Tandem’s whole-hearted approach engages families, educators, and communities to support our children’s future success.

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94% of parents say Tandem™ programming has helped them increase or maintain the frequency of their weekly book-sharing routine with their children.

According to a 2013 Tandem, Partners in Early Learning survey.

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Our Pride Keeps Us Strong: Mommy, Mama, and Ollie Ru

Every night, right before bed, my 9 month old daughter and I read Mommy, Mama, and Me. Reading to her is some of our sweetest time together. We read throughout the day, but the books before naps and bedtime are always the most precious. She’s tired. I’m tired. And a...

Local Girls Scouts Adapt Books with Tandem, Earn Silver Award

Sara Dada and Luisa Taverna of Girl Scout Troop 31091 in San Ramon have been awarded the Girl Scout Silver Award by the Girl Scouts of Northern California for their project, “Reading Connections.”  The Silver Award is the highest award girls ages 11-14 can earn and...

Once Upon a Time a Refugee: Stories of Resilience and Strength

June 20th marks the 16th year we join the United Nations in celebrating refugees around the globe for World Refugee Day. Today, nearly 60 million people have been displaced due to conflict, persecution, and disaster; 60 million people with 60 million stories of...

Happy #RedNoseDay from Tandem!

One of my favorite things about this job is how often I’m greeted on a Monday morning by the sound of kids.  Kids shouting with joy and shrieking with laughter as they ask to hear their favorite stories again or excitedly tell me their own true stories...

Bayview Parent Cafe Brings Community, Families Together

Books. Doodles. Good conversation. An Auntie April’s well-balanced meal. Where do all of these great things come together to make a wonderful force for early learning and literacy? The answer is the FranDelJa Parent Café, run by Southeast Families United FRC, in...

A Mother’s Day Card for My Million Mothers

Growing up I had one great mother. Although I was one of eleven, I never felt that I got less of her than anyone else. She read to me, and led me to fall in love with books and stories as the way to unravel the world so it could all be taken in.  She taught me to sew...

Our Pride Keeps Us Strong: Mommy, Mama, and Ollie Ru

Every night, right before bed, my 9 month old daughter and I read Mommy, Mama, and Me. Reading to her is some of our sweetest time together. We read throughout the day, but the books before naps and bedtime are always the most precious. She’s tired. I’m tired. And a...

Local Girls Scouts Adapt Books with Tandem, Earn Silver Award

Sara Dada and Luisa Taverna of Girl Scout Troop 31091 in San Ramon have been awarded the Girl Scout Silver Award by the Girl Scouts of Northern California for their project, “Reading Connections.”  The Silver Award is the highest award girls ages 11-14 can earn and...

Once Upon a Time a Refugee: Stories of Resilience and Strength

June 20th marks the 16th year we join the United Nations in celebrating refugees around the globe for World Refugee Day. Today, nearly 60 million people have been displaced due to conflict, persecution, and disaster; 60 million people with 60 million stories of...

Happy #RedNoseDay from Tandem!

One of my favorite things about this job is how often I’m greeted on a Monday morning by the sound of kids.  Kids shouting with joy and shrieking with laughter as they ask to hear their favorite stories again or excitedly tell me their own true stories...

Bayview Parent Cafe Brings Community, Families Together

Books. Doodles. Good conversation. An Auntie April’s well-balanced meal. Where do all of these great things come together to make a wonderful force for early learning and literacy? The answer is the FranDelJa Parent Café, run by Southeast Families United FRC, in...

A Mother’s Day Card for My Million Mothers

Growing up I had one great mother. Although I was one of eleven, I never felt that I got less of her than anyone else. She read to me, and led me to fall in love with books and stories as the way to unravel the world so it could all be taken in.  She taught me to sew...
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