Our Story

Spark Joy and Close the Opportunity Gap

Engaged Communities, Empowered Families, Enthusiastic Children

Serving Bay Area families for 13 years and counting

Tandem™ has been delivering early literacy and family engagement programming in the Bay Area for the past 13 years. Formerly known as Raising A Reader, San Francisco, Alameda & Contra Costa Counties, we’ve been around a long time—and yet, we’re brand new. Exploring new ideas, new strategies, and new opportunities to leverage the passions and talents of children and the adults who care for them has always been our strong suit. We’re happy to continue providing programming that engages entire communities to support each child’s early learning and future success.

Over the years, we’ve come to believe a few core truths: if we are ever to close the opportunity gap, we have to do it by sparking joy, and everyone must be involved. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and we know that when entire communities band together to support a child’s future success, beautiful things happen. Families realize their full potential to unlock their child’s enthusiasm for learning, educators utilize tools and resources to support a healthy home-school connection, and community organizations respond to the needs of families, supporting a child’s early brain development in a number of community venues.

This year as Tandem, we embark on an exciting new journey toward realizing our vision of engaged communities where all families are empowered to support their young children’s early learning and future success. We’re expanding our programming to provide resources, program guidance, and meaningful support to families, early childhood educators, and community support professionals. Through proven early childhood development programs Tandem encourages discovery and connection.

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