The Need . . . is great.

Since literacy is one of the best predictors of a child’s future success, access to books in the home not only allows children to bond with loved ones, but helps address critical issues related to literacy.

Without a steady-stream of books, children are:

  • At-risk for academic failure, delinquency, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, unemployment, low productivity and welfare dependence
  • Return to fall classes with reading scores 30% lower than their peers
  • Leave 5th grade nearly 3 grades behind in reading skills

In Collier County Public Schools:

  • 3 out of 5 children have limited access to books at home
  • 42% of students are “economically disadvantaged”
  • 100% of children in pre-K, kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade classes in Title I elementary schools’ benefit from Books for Collier Kids

Our Impact . . . is even greater!

Since 2005 Books For Collier Kids has distributed over 1.9+ million books

10,700+ children/month learning, playing and growing while they read

98% in survey ratings received for value and effectiveness