1999: Three community leaders, Mary Wright Shaw, Molly McCrory, and Jean Bacigalupi launched a one-on-one tutoring program to help children who had fallen behind in reading at Belle Haven Community School in Menlo Park, CA in the Silicon Valley.
2001: Our three founders recruited a dedicated group of volunteers to tutor students at their local elementary school. These volunteers quickly recognized the powerful effect of one-on-one attention and in 2001 YES Reading was incorporated as a 501(c)(3).
2004: First full-time executive director hired
2007: Program expands to serve schools in the Oakland/East Bay area
2008: YES Reading expands to serve San Francisco schools
2008: YES Reading renamed as Reading Partners
2008: Reading Partners expands to Los Angeles, CA
2009: Reading Partners begins serving students in Sacramento, CA
2010: Reading Partners awarded first AmeriCorps grant
2010: Reading Partners expands to Washington, DC, our first expansion outside of CA
2011: Reading Partners expands to New York City
2011: Reading Partners selected as Social Innovation Fund recipient
2013: Reading Partners adopts 2018 Strategic Plan
2014: MDRC randomized control trial proves Reading Partners is an effective intervention
2014: Reading Partners expands to serve students in Seattle, WA