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Half of Washington State children do not enter kindergarten ready to learn, and Latino children, in particular, face a long list of barriers to success in school. Through programs such as Humanities Washington's Motheread Family Literacy Program, disadvantaged families from across the state gain the opportunity to come together around the collective power of story, building literacy skills, pride in their culture, and a greater understanding of other cultures as a result.

Edgar & Holli Martinez
Former Seattle Mariners star and education advocates
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By the Numbers

Serving Washington Communities from Aberdeen to Zillah.

Serving Washington Communities from Aberdeen to Zillah:

  • Year Founded: 1973
  • Program Attendance (2014): 105,657
  • Number of programs and events (2014): 586
  • Communities served (2014): 113
  • Counties served (2014): 36

2014 Program Activity

  • 45 grants awarded totaling $78,000.
  • 190 speakers bureau presentations serving 7100 audience members.
  • 13 six-week Prime Time Family Reading programs delivered in 10 communities.
  • 17 Think & Drink Events in Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma and Yakima.
  • 117 in-person Poet Laureate events reaching 4927 audience members.
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