Preface is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that jump-starts 

childhood literacy by pairing high school mentors with elementary school students to set them up for a

lifetime of learning.

pre · face (noun): an introduction, typically stating a book's subject, scope, or aims 

Just as a "Preface" serves as the introduction to a book, our program lays the foundation for the rest of the chapters in a student's life by supporting early readers (as well as English Language Learners) through monolingual and multilingual empowerment.

Headquartered in Gwinnett County, Georgia – one of the most diverse and fastest-growing counties in the nation – our model is founded on the simple idea that relationships matter.

Residents by 2020


Speaking Households

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

After just 10 weeks with Preface, every student in our initial cohort went from

functionally illiterate to reading at or above grade level.


Our Model

What we do is simple:

We recruit motivated high school student tutors looking to give back to their communities –

Both in-person and virtually.

We train these “Ambassadors” in educational best practices through a multi-week program –

Designed by expert teachers.

We pair our “Ambassadors” with young children who are struggling to read –

Providing individualized educational support.

We create win-win solutions so everyone thrives 

Students, families, and communities.

Our Impact

Children reading proficiently by 3rd grade are 4x less likely to drop out of school... 

...and are 60x less likely  than their peers to spend time in prison...

...saving taxpayers ~$292,000 each in public assistance and correctional funding!

Note: Letter-based literacy scores quantified and standardized utilizing equalized interval scale methodology. Improvement quantified based on variation from starting level and evaluated using standard benchmarking.

Data obtained and utilized in accordance with applicable data sharing guidelines of partner institutions.

Source: Preface, Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation, Edmentum, Northeastern University, National Center for Education Statistics.

Our Presence

We're transforming the national conversation around early childhood literacy:

Gwinnett County, GA

Dothan, AL

Chattanooga, TN

Houston, TX

Pharr, TX

Charleston, SC

Wilson, NC

All while we're forging connections and shaping ideas across the globe:

Your Support

With your help, we'll continue fighting for equal opportunity for every child:

Your Impacts

Just $10 a month can fund one entire year of transformative Preface tutoring for a young child!

A one-time gift of $27 can provide basic literacy materials for one child for one semester!

Together, we can ensure that every child has the foundation to succeed:

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Preface Thanks Our

Generous Mission Partners, Including:


2020 Legacy Sponsor

Happy Kids with Books

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We'd love to hear from you - we gain new partners every day!

"When a child has no hope, a nation has no future."

Zell B. Miller

79th Governor of Georgia and U.S. Senator