Ferst Foundation is making a difference in the lives of children, one book at a time. We know this, not only from impressive test scores of Ferst graduates, but from parents themselves who tell us everyday how much they value their children being part of the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy (FFCL) program.We are making a difference in the lives of children across the state, one book at a time. We know this, not only from impressive test scores of Ferst graduates, but from parents themselves, who tell us everyday.Read More
It costs only $36 per year to provide the essential ingredient to help one child – books. With your support, we will continue to be the difference in lives of children by helping them achieve early learning success through the gift of literacy – a gift that will last a lifetime.Give the gift of literacy. Give a child a chance.It costs only $36 per year to provide the essential ingredient to help one child – books. Help them achieve early learning success through the gift of literacy – a gift that will last a lifetime. Give the gift of literacy. Give a child a chance.Read More
Adopt A Reader
The FFCL cannot address all the issues of early literacy; but, we can eliminate one major reason why parents do not read to their child – the availability of quality books in the home.The Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy cannot address all the issues of early literacy; however, we can eliminate one of the major reasons why parents do not read to their child – the availability of quality books in the home.
Some things can wait. Investing in our youngest children cannot. Adopt Now
Congratulations to Lamar County REA—2017 Favorite Reader!
Changing Children's Lives With the Gift of Literacy
Imagine a young child receiving a book in the mail every month until the age of five. What better way to say reading is important? Children enrolled in the Ferst Program receive a new book every month in the mail until their 5th birthday. There is absolutely no cost (ever) to registered children in participating areas! The program is made possible through the partnership with local, all-volunteer Community Action Teams (CATs).
Funding is provided through private donations, corporate sponsorships and grants. Contact us to help with a local Program or get a new one started in your area so that we may work together to bring the gift of literacy to every child 0-5 years old. Partnering together, we can help prepare every child for success in school and in life.
“I am the mother of Heavenleigh. Heavenleigh is 5 months old. She love for me to read the book called Read to Me. When I read this book she just smile and look at me in my eyes. She is really smart for her to be only 5 months.”
“The Ferst Foundation literacy program is vital because it hooks kids and their families so early.”
—Julie Morill, Striving Reader Program Manager, Ga. Department of Education
"Let me begin by stating that I cannot thank you enough for the work that you do. As an educator, I have seen firsthand the effects of the program. In the past I would begin a read aloud and ask if any of my students were familiar with the text, and no one would be; however, now they say 'Yes. That's one of my books I got in the mail.'
Thank you again for the work that you do.""
“Thank you for your work. We are so glad to be a part of this wonderful organization. I have seen firsthand homes where children (and adults) have no reading material and no one modeling reading. Even though these children are in a classroom full of books which are always available, the fact is these four-year-olds have missed a sensitive period for acquiring language and literacy and so they start out behind. Ferst goes a long way to remedy this disparity.”
—Debbie Thigpen, retired Georgia pre-K educator
“The Ferst Foundation has been so special to our family for many reasons. While the primary purpose is to provide books for children, the opportunity has become so much more for us. It has become a monthly tradition to check our mailbox together and find our book. I know that getting her own mail will be a fond memory for our daughter as she gets older. The anticipation of looking through each new book is sure to help instill the love of reading we want all children to develop. We want her to treasure reading and appreciate good literature.”
- Chad and Jamie N.
"The Ferst Foundation has given my daughter a head start in developing important skills that will last her a lifetime as well as ensuring our family enjoys quality time together! Every time a new book comes in the mail my daughter gets so excited. She is now 19 months old and has been receiving books through the Ferst Foundation since she was born. She has quite the collection now, and I can honestly say that reading is her favorite pastime. She gets me to read her books to her then she’ll sit and flip through the pages and read them back to herself. I am one proud momma that my baby is so interested in reading and learning! Thank you Ferst Foundation for giving my child such a valuable learning tool and starting her off with the building blocks to a brighter future!"
—Shauna (Mommy to Starla Jane)
“Since collaborating with Ferst Foundation we have seen scores on our kindergarten readiness test increase from 46% ready to over 90% ready.”
—Stan DeJarnett, former Superintendent, Morgan County School System
“By the age of three, children from low-income households have only half the vocabulary of their more affluent peers. This difference impacts whether the child reads on grade level and eventually whether that child is likely to graduate. Books provided through the Ferst Foundation provide the words that feed children’s minds and help drive their success in school and in life.” I helped start the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy program in Henry County because of an article about the program’s impact in GeorgiaTrend magazine. I instinctively knew that our kids needed those books, too. We have now mailed almost 100,000 age-appropriate books to children in our county.”
Vice-Chair, Henry County Board of Education
Founder and Former Chair, Ferst Foundation of Henry County
“I absolutely love this program! Sometimes, as working parents, it's easy to fall into a reading-rut, but this program keeps me motivated to read to my son and keeps us reading new and exciting things! We are so grateful for the Ferst Foundation and find it such an amazing organization!”
- Ella M.
“Thanks for all the work you all put into this program to ensure the program remains free. Sometimes money can be tight and Ferst Foundation guarantees my little ones have access to fun literature that they can call their own!”
- Brandy S.
“My daughter and I are equally excited when the books arrive in the mailbox. This program has helped support a love of reading for both of us. I appreciate that the program often sends books I have never heard of to expose my daughter to a wider variety of reading content. After repeatedly reading the book Stanley the Builder, we were driving around and I heard my daughter exclaim from the back seat, "Look Mommy, a crane and a mixer!" Sure enough, we were passing a construction site and my daughter had just linked the vocabulary from the book to her real life. How awesome!”
- Susan S.
“Literacy is truly the keys to the kingdom of academic and life success. By placing books in the hands of our youngest children, Ferst Foundation has been instrumental in providing a foundation for future success for our children in Jefferson County. Ferst is leveling the playing field for our youngest children at a time in their lives when they are most susceptible. We see the difference it has made.”
– Molly Howard, School Superintendent, Jefferson County
"This program has been a God-send for us. With FERST books we get new stories delivered right to our home monthly. As parents it's our privilege to introduce our child to reading and this program helps SO much. I hope y’all understand how wonderful this program is to families who might not be able to afford new books monthly on their own. Thank you so much for helping me teach my babies about the joy of reading and the bond forged when we read together."
“Ferst Foundation is a welcome resource in providing my son with a diverse collection of books with pleasant stories and captivating images. I cannot wait until he is old enough to review the discussion questions with me in the monthly newsletter, but until then, I make sure to read them and gather tips for future critical reading and reading comprehension practice. Thank you ever so much for the opportunity to be a part of this learning community. Honestly, it's hard to tell which one of us is more excited to see a new book in the mail! Keep up the good work! We are looking forward to another four years!”
- Corinn S.