Mission: Spreading the JOY of reading to eradicate the School-To- Prison Pipeline.
Why: A well-rounded education begins with learning to read and reading well.
Learning to read well is the cornerstone of educational achievement and lifelong success. Reading is especially important for students facing overwhelming social and economic barriers. Unfortunately, too many children are at a higher risk of failing academically, and growing up making choices that could potentially affect their chances of leading long and productive lives.
Usually, children who aren't skillful readers tend to detach themselves emotionally from the reading process. It is essential to teach children how to read, and because information evolves at an expeditious rate, we must convey how important for reading to become a lifestyle.
Dr. Seuss reminds us that "the more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." — like to college, obtaining careers with high wages, living in fabulous homes —the American dream.
The members of the Peaches and Sourcream Children's Foundation, Inc. (PSCF) are champions of children and literacy. Our primary goal is to promote the JOY of reading!
We have taken on the mantle of disrupting the School-To-Prison Pipeline, a process that fuels stereotypes, criminalizes school age children, and carries out disciplinary policies and procedures within schools that put children in contact with law enforcement.Ultimately, many of these students are pushed out of schools and into prison.
According to the National Council on Teacher Quality, the root of this problem exists in active racism—America has the means to teach children to read but fails to do so leading to poor reading skills.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results for 2019 show that only 35% of 4th graders are proficient in reading. Research tells us that the odds of success for children in foster care are even worse. This is called the Invisible Gap for Children in Foster Care. We have joined the fight against these injustices to inspire children to believe that reading is the new recreation.
Commitment to Excellence
The Peaches and Sourcream Children’s Foundation’s first step is its philanthropic efforts to raise adequate support to provide programming activities designed to reduce barriers to learning. These funds enable us to buy school supplies, uniforms, new to gently-used clothing, food, and toys for the children who participate in our programs. Next, and most importantly, the Peaches and Sourcream Children’s Foundation uses a hands-on approach to effect change going into schools and other child-centered establishments, meeting students where they are, and bringing them to the realm of excellence through our literacy and intervention activities.
What We Do:
At the intersection of social services and social justice, we focus on two goals: closing the literacy gaps that are fueling the School-To- Prison pipelines, and closing the Invisible gaps for students in foster care. We are champions of children and literacy! We specialize in creating wonderful 45-60-minute student- tailored reading experience in small literacy groups—using common core standards.
We teach fundamental literacy skills to children struggling with reading in non-traditional, fun-filled ways designed to spread the JOY of reading, build vocabulary through storytelling , and through interactive reading and play.
We are literacy interventionists and we will:
What We Provide: