First Chapter begins working with families during the prenatal stage, giving free books and guidance on simple ways to start talking and reading from the day a baby arrives.


The more words a child hears, the more conversations they have, and the more books that are read to them, the better prepared for school they'll be.


It's not just about numbers, though. Exposure to books and literacy materials, the quality of words spoken at home, and positive language interactions are critical to a child’s learning.


Our goal is to help close the opportunity gap by talking to families about simple ways they can boost their child's learning through reading, talking, storytelling, singing, and playing. 

First Chapter's mission is to work with families to build a foundation of language and literacy from birth.

We envision a community where every child, regardless of their parents' income or primary language, will have an equal opportunity at school readiness and success.