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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 (2009): 526,000
  • Number of programs and events (2009): 650
  • Communities served (2009): 85
  • Counties served (2009): 32
  • Visitors to traveling Smithsonian exhibits (2009): 9,500
  • Grants distributed (2009): 65 (31 project grants and 34 quick grants)
  • Value of grants awarded (2009): $155,000
  • Speaker presentations since 1990: 4,300
  • Speaker event attendance since 1990: 185,000+
  • Total children/families reached by Motheread literacy program: 100,000
  • Total books given to educators, child care providers, and families: 115,000
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