ELC Literacy Kits

From kindergarten through third grade, kids are learning to read. But after third grade, they must read to learn. And when they fall behind, it’s nearly impossible to catch up. Research shows that kids who don’t read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out of school later on than their peers. Unfortunately, many students in San Antonio are already on this path.

Literacy kits can make a difference. The kits are a great way to get kids engaged in a particular book. Each kit includes a book selected for a certain age level along with related activities custom- crafted for one-on-one interaction between a child and an adult reader: volunteer, parent or caregiver.

The kits are designed to focus on the skills young children need when learning to read while, at the same time, diving deeper into the book and its themes.

GOAL: Provide Literacy Kits to Head Start, pre-K and Kindergarten students at the 31 schools in the United Way Family School Community Partnership program.


1. COMMUNITY COLLABORATION  Host a literacy kit event at your company! To hold a volunteer event, the company selects a team leader, and the date and location. The cost is $8 per kit, including the cost of the book. Minimum kits = 50 ($400) plus $100 fee to host an event at your organization. On average, each volunteer can make five kits per hour. The company sets up tables and chairs before the event. United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County delivers all the materials, instructions and supplies in advance and attends the event to educate volunteers about literacy issues in our community. For more information, please complete the form HERE.

2. DONATE  For the low cost of $8 per kit, you will make a difference in the lives of the one in five kids who can’t read proficiently by the end of third grade—kids who are four times more likely to drop out of school. Your contribution will support a critical cause: improving literacy in our community. All proceeds will support United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County’s Emerging Leaders Council Literacy Kit program. Donate HERE

For more information, please complete the form HERE or contact elc@unitedwaysatx.org or 210.352.7000 for more information.