We partner with the Better Basics Reading Program by assisting with Ready 2 Read, More, and Birmingham Reads Programs.

In 1993, John Glasser founded Better Basics on the belief that poverty and illiteracy were so closely linked that they were practically one and the same.  Mr. Glasser understood that reading skills were the foundation of all learning, and children who lacked those vital skills had little chance of succeeding in school or life.  Better Basics is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization and recognized authority on childhood literacy based in Birmingham, AL.   The mission of Better Basics is to make a difference in the lives of children and their families by advancing literacy through enrichment and intervention programs.

Better Basics’ programs empower students as they progress along the learning continuum, from reading to comprehension, to retention, while infusing literature into their homes and exposing them to multicultural arts and enrichment programs.  The organization believes that increasing childhood literacy rates today, will diminish future adult illiteracy issues and their various side effects. More than 26,000 children in grades kindergarten through 8th grade in 50 schools across central Alabama receive programs from Better Basics.