Measuring Our Results

How we know it works.

Ensuring quality programs

Just as our work is informed by the best, most recent information on early brain development and early literacy and language acquisition, we measure the results of our programs to ensure that we are delivering quality programming that benefits our children, families, and communities. Each year, we survey educators and parents. The information below represents information gathered in a 2014 survey of 2,051 parents and 230 educators.


90,000 Bay area children & families served since 2003

60,000 books in circulation each week

15,000 families rotating books each week

3,000 parents trained in strategies for language & literacy development last year

2,400 educators trained in early literacy & family engagement skills last year

1,120 great children’s book titles in 3 languages

856 participating partner classrooms

350 donors

18 staff

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99% educators report improvement in children’s pre-literacy skills


67% parents say children ask them to share books more frequently


100% educators report seeing an increase in children’s interest in books and reading


  • 91% report Tandem programming supports their preparation, understanding, and enthusiasm for sharing books with young children 91%
  • 79% ask more questions of children during storytime 79%
  • 100% believe Tandem encourages parent-child interactions 100%


  • 95% of families have increased the frequency or duration of time spent reading with their children 95%
  • 71% of parents feel more connected to their child 71%
  • 96% of parents now read more interactively with their child 96%
  • 98% of parents report increased awareness of the importance of reading with their child 98%

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