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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Meet our AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Samar Shaukat!

Hello Tandem blog friends! I’m really excited to introduce myself to you all and share with you the journey that brought me to Tandem. My name is Samar Shaukat and I was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. When it came time to apply for college, I had a hard time...

Baby Talk: What I wish I knew before becoming a new parent

Even before I laid eyes on my daughter, I had a vision of what parenting would look like in the early months. I would bring home a chubby mini-me from the hospital, and I would get to spend most of my time just watching her peacefully sleep.  When she was awake, I...

Volunteers Needed for Fall StoryCycles Program Prep

While there is still plenty of summer to enjoy, the Tandem team is preparing to enter its busiest time of the year as we prepare for the upcoming Back to School season. Each fall, we prepare StoryCycles® program materials for delivery to over 800 classrooms throughout...

Fathers Corps Training Supports Tandem’s Father-Friendly Programming

As a Tandem Community Literacy Specialist, I love being an agent of change. I love the fact that I am in a position to provide a service that I know closes the achievement gap and empowers families and communities.  Here, two of my biggest passions – education...

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...

Meet our AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Samar Shaukat!

Hello Tandem blog friends! I’m really excited to introduce myself to you all and share with you the journey that brought me to Tandem. My name is Samar Shaukat and I was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. When it came time to apply for college, I had a hard time...

Baby Talk: What I wish I knew before becoming a new parent

Even before I laid eyes on my daughter, I had a vision of what parenting would look like in the early months. I would bring home a chubby mini-me from the hospital, and I would get to spend most of my time just watching her peacefully sleep.  When she was awake, I...

Volunteers Needed for Fall StoryCycles Program Prep

While there is still plenty of summer to enjoy, the Tandem team is preparing to enter its busiest time of the year as we prepare for the upcoming Back to School season. Each fall, we prepare StoryCycles® program materials for delivery to over 800 classrooms throughout...

Fathers Corps Training Supports Tandem’s Father-Friendly Programming

As a Tandem Community Literacy Specialist, I love being an agent of change. I love the fact that I am in a position to provide a service that I know closes the achievement gap and empowers families and communities.  Here, two of my biggest passions – education...

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...
News & Announcements

Tandem to Host “First Birthday Party” at Playland-Not-At-The-Beach

Join us for a night of child-like fun as we celebrate our first year as Tandem! While we’ve been providing services to children and families in the Bay Area since 2003, in August 2015 we rebranded to Tandem, Partners in Early Learning. Tom Meshishnek, Finance...