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New Literacy Grantees 

When it comes to making a positive change, The Alvin and Fanny B. Thalheimer Foundation provides grants to 501(c) 3 orangizations to make life better for Baltimore residents. The Foundation seeks to increase access to a quality education for Baltimore’s residents by supporting literacy initiatives.  The following are three of the Foundation's 2018 Literacy grantees. All full list of the Foundation 's 2018's grantees are at the listed at the bottom of the page.

Raising A Reader

Raising A Reader's (RAR) mission is to develop, practice, and maintain home literacy habits for children and their families from birth-to-age eight resulting in long-term academic success. In Baltimore, Maryland RAR has served an estimated 80,000 children attending public schools since 2011.  Due to the program's success the Maryland State Department of Education incorporated RAR into its Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant as an evidence-based method for family engagement.

Urban Teachers

At Urban Teachers, we believe great teachers are the key to combating racial and socioeconomic inequality. We train highly effective teachers who are committed to teaching students in the districts that need them most and empowering every child through learning. Here Second-year teacher Samra Mekonen listens in as two of her second graders partner read a decodable text.

Improving Education

In 2015 Improving Education set out to change the way we work to improve outcomes for children. Our methodology is guided by the principles of Improvement Science, a well-known and accepted model used in health care and business that has produced substantial innovations and accelerated learning in both fields. Our work is two-tiered. Primarily, we manage a multi-school Networked Improvement Community (NIC) through which we collaborate with teachers, administrators, and community members to redesign instruction and support for students to improve early literacy outcomes in K through 1st Grade classrooms.  Utilizing a rigorous quality improvement process to design and test scalable solutions, we also develop universal interventions that target key areas of development for children. Bedtime in a Box, our secondary tier of work, is a concept and project developed from the learning of the NIC. It is a creative but simple solution that supports the health and educational development of children prior to entering school by providing families with the materials, tools, and training they need to enact a comprehensive bedtime routine, seven days a week, created to strengthen early literacy and support the link between home and school for the whole family.

The Alvin and Fanny B. Thalheimer Foundation 2018 Literacy Grantees

  • Baltimore Child First Authority

  • Baltimore Urban Debate League

  • BELL

  • Brown Memorial Tutoring Program

  • Digital Harbor

  • The Fund for Education Excellence, Baltimore City Public Schools’ Building a Generation: City Schools Blueprint for Success

  • Improving Education

  • Literacy Lab

  • Raising a Reader

  • Reading Partners

  • St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore

  • Strong City Baltimore, The Club at Collington Square