Organization: Make Way for Books.

Address: 700 N. Stone Ave., Tucson, 85705.

Phone: 520-398-6451.

“I looked for programs for my daughter but I can’t afford childcare. I’m a single mother and I work two jobs, so we didn’t have a lot of time together at home. It felt like there was nothing out there for us,” shared Ally’s mom.

She is not alone.

Right now, four out of five young children in Tucson do not have access to high-quality early education. At Make Way for Books, we believe every child deserves the chance to read and succeed, and we know that starting early is key.

Support from our tax-credit donors means we can give children like Ally the chance to develop skills to succeed in school.

Because she worked a night shift, Ally’s mom began sending her daughter to our programming with her grandmother.

Seeing the impact of the program on her daughter’s literacy and language skills, she rearranged her work schedule so she could attend with Ally and work on her skills as a parent.

Each week, Ally received books and was immersed in reading and learning activities . Her mom gained skills, knowledge and tools to support Ally at home.

“We have learned so much. Now my daughter is a book lover. We read three or four books every night. We weren’t doing that before. Ally is able to identify words and start reading, and I know it is because of this experience. I tell every parent I know about this program,” she said.

Support from the community is essential to our work and allows us to travel into the community to meet families like Ally’s with proven programming and high-quality books.

Last year, thanks to the generosity of our donors, 98 percent of children like Ally gained early literacy and language skills that prepare them for success in reading and in school. Tax-credit donations give us the opportunity to give our youngest children the chance to reach their full potential.

Make Way for Books is working to meet more than 400 young children (ages birth to 5) and their parents through our Family Education and Literacy program.

Your support means we can ensure 400 children like Ally get the right start in school and in life.