SBT was founded by a veteran public-school teacher (and “teacher of the year”) to work with PreK through 3rd graders in Title 1 schools where kids arrive with learning needs as diverse as their backgrounds. It trains teachers in its curriculum and delivers culturally relevant literacy kits to classrooms five times a year. Kits contain curriculum guides (to provide the framework for rigorous, advanced thinking), the books themselves (which kids keep to build their libraries), and “mini books” (for students to take home). Classrooms dive deep into each book, immersed in and connected to a shared story. Mini-books guide parents and caregivers to ask the kinds of questions that encourage higher level thinking in their children. SBT treasures (small, book-related tokens) help foster emotional connections with books. The reward? Seeing the achievement gap close and students rise to their greatest learning potential.

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Budget (FY2022)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for StoryBook Treasures is: Less than $500k

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