Our Story

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LitLab provides a combination of digital and in person resources to young children and their families by leveraging three critical components early learners need when building a strong learning foundation:

  1. Access to high quality interactive literacy resources

  2. Empowering relationships between children, family and educators

  3. Technologies that personalize learning and propel a child into reading success and a lifelong love of learning.

LitLab was founded in October 2014 by Mialisa T. Bonta, former Executive Director of Bring Me A Book. We are an independent 501(c)(3)tax-exempt organization.

 

The Challenge

In the United States, fewer than 30% of children under the age of four are enrolled in high quality preschool programs. This means that most children are not able to access the early learning resources they need to thrive as they enter kindergarten, to get them on track for meeting critical skill benchmarks in elementary school and beyond. Their future success is being determined by the circumstances of their birth, before their school career has even begun.

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An Integrated Approach

LitLab’s suite of programs encourage parents and caregivers to engage as the child’s first and most important teacher. LitLab seeks to: 

  1. Influence access by providing parents with at-home bilingual books and learning tools. Outside of school skill practice increases school success. By increasing home learning opportunities, we influence the way children build knowledge for a lifetime.

  2. Influence action by using blended learning interventions to revolutionize education outcomes. For low-income millennial families learning must take place everywhere - at home and on the go - in real-time. 90% of low-income families have smartphones and data plans with mobile devices children use daily for an average of 2-3 hours of entertainment. We make screen time fun learning time for foundational skill learning and practice.

 

Our Impact

10,000+ people across 5 California school districts and nearly 125 classrooms have benefited from LitLab programs. We are currently expanding beyond California to provide kidappolis to targeted emergent bilingual communities in support of early literacy and numeracy skills acquisition, development, and acceleration.