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Our Mission

The mission of the Barbara Bush Foundation is to advocate for and establish literacy as a value in every home.

We believe literacy is a right that provides equal opportunity to achieving the American dream, which every child deserves. If we help the nation’s precious children get on the path to learning in the earliest years, even before they enter kindergarten, they are far more likely to succeed in school and life. We also believe in investing in low-literate parents who are unable to provide the stimulating learning environment that young children need to jumpstart their education.

We help families understand:

– The child’s first school is the home.
– The parent is the child’s first teacher.
– The child’s first subject is reading.

The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy is focused on fulfilling its mission by providing low-income families across the nation with scholarships to learn together. We partner with a network of high-performing local family literacy programs that help both young children and their parents learn how to read and write. When families share a love of reading, children have a far greater chance to live more productive and healthier lives, graduate from high school and obtain a better job. Supporting family literacy programs is a win-win for parents and children where they acquire basic literacy skills that help them advance their education and provide greater opportunities to succeed.

Learn more about the passion behind the Barbara Bush Foundation’s work on our Giving Library video.

Get in Touch

You may also contact us by phone at 850.562.5300 or by mail at:
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
516 North Adams Street • Tallahassee, Florida 32301