Educational Institutions

BookSpring

  • Austin, TX
  • www.bookspring.org

Mission Statement

BookSpring provides reading experiences, tools, and books to children and their families so they can develop a desire to read and succeed in school and life.  BookSpring's vision is a community in which all children have the opportunity to become literate.

Main Programs

  1. Books For Me
  2. ReadWell
  3. Parent Book Club
  4. ReBook
  5. Read-A-Thon
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Central Texas

ruling year

1989

Executive Director since 2015

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Ms. Emily Ball Cicchini

Director of Programs and Early Childhood since 2015

Self-reported

Ms. Jill Gonzalez

Keywords

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reading, children, youth, literacy, books, parent education

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Also Known As

BookSpring

EIN

74-2542664

Physical Address

2006 Greenbrook Pkwy

Austin, 78723 3466

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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BookSpring provides essential evidenced-based literacy programs based on proven program models to create a continuum of literacy development. The models have been shown to increase children's motivation to read, vocabulary, story comprehension, and reading frequency in the home. Recent research indicates that new pilot models also reduce the summer slide by increasing reading skills between grades K-3 and improve provider and patient satisfaction in participating clinics. Other areas that are positively impacted include parent-child communication and parent engagement with the education system as a whole.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Books For Me

Motivates young children to read by working with them, their parents and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life. Building on the history of Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), BookSpring's program works with underserved children from birth to age 11 at more than 50 elementary schools and infant care centers in the Greater Austin area.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Adults

Budget

Program 2

ReadWell

Prepares young children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors who prescribe books and encourage families to read together. Supporting the model of Reach Out and Read, our program builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early literacy skills in children from birth to 5 years of age. BookSpring supports Reach Out and Read programs in approximately thirty clinics with over 100 healthcare providers in Central Texas.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Adults

Budget

Program 3

Parent Book Club

Provides parents with instruction using books at home with their pre-K and kindergarten age children during a six week session. Clubs are offered at schools, libraries, and other community based centers throughout the Austin area.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Hispanics

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Male Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Budget

Program 4

ReBook

Gently used books are collected during book drives on behalf of BookSpring and distributed to children and their caregivers at clinics, at community events, in children's shelters, and through other nonprofit partner organizations.

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 5

Read-A-Thon

Each year for two weeks, readers are encouraged to read as many pages or hours they can and compete for prizes for themselves and their schools.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    We are aiming to increase the rates of literacy in the families we touch. Nationally and locally, over 13% of adults are not able to read well enough to fill out a job application. This number has not dropped in over 10 years and it needs to change.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We provide essential expertise in book selection that is developmentally and culturally appropriate for the communities we serve. We also design motivational activities and provide the materials for doctors, educators, librarians, and volunteers to interact with children through these books. We coordinate with over 150 community partners to reach children and families in places that they regularly visit through people they already trust.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have a staff of five full-time and five part-time employees dedicated to this cause, and leverage over 800 community volunteers to enact these programs year-round.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We measure key metrics including number of books distributed, unduplicated children served, parents served, and geographic locations. We also conduct qualitative and quantitative evaluations including observational site visits, follow up surveys, and standard measures on motivation and reading skill.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    While we have a very wide reach in the community, we have not always been attentive to the depth of impact our work. It is hard to measure the cumulative effect of the million books that we have distributed over the past 40 years, but new partners and more specific goals will help us achieve an even greater impact in the years to come.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Central Texas

Social Media

Blog

Funding Needs

1) We need to replace our 2002 cargo van that is used for local book delivery. Cost is estimated at $33,000 plus $4,000 a year for mileage and operations. 2) We are seeking funding for enhanced research and evaluation of low cost pilots to improve program design. Cost is 10-15% of project budgets, up to $15,000. 3) We are always seeking funding for the purchase of high quality children's books for distribution through our programs, which accounts for up to 1/2 of our program costs. No amount is too small or to large.

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Financials

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BookSpring
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Operations

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BookSpring

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Emily Ball Cicchini

Director of Programs and Early Childhood

Ms. Jill Gonzalez

BIO

Emily has 20 years of leadership in non-profit agencies and educational institutions running a variety of language learning, multimedia technology, and inclusive early childhood pre-literacy programs for the University of Texas at Austin and VSA Texas. She earned professional certificates in program planning and grant writing, capital campaigns, high-tech fundraising, and advocacy for non-profits and has secured multiple local, state, and federal grants. She's also a published and award winning children's playwright.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"During the fiscal year July 1, 2014—June 30, 2015, BookSpring sustained our existing early childhood literacy programs and began planning for low-cost pilots to expand and enhance our services. While maintaining our roots in the community, we reached out to form new partnerships and renewed over 150
existing relationships across the local education, health, and social sectors.

It also was a year of transitions. Key staff members and supporters moved into new roles, and Emily Ball Cicchini joined mid-year. We restructured the staff into four partner team areas: Schools & Libraries, Clinics & Health, Early Childhood, and Community & Volunteers. We determined that we are currently serving approximately 1/2 of the estimated 80,000 low-income children under age 6 in Central Texas. What if we could double BookSpring's efforts and serve them all? That's the goal we aim to achieve in the next five years.

We hope you will continue to support the shared BookSpring vision for a community in which all children have the opportunity to become literate and develop a lifelong love of reading."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Chris Randazzo

Stantec

Term: July 2015 - June 2016

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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