Jewish Community Relations Councilof San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties


The Jewish Coalition for Literacy

Opening Books, Opening Minds, Opening Doors.

The Jewish Coalition for Literacy (JCL), a JCRC strategic initiative, trains volunteer reading tutors and matches them with struggling children in underserved public elementary schools to help ensure that all children can read by the end of the third grade. Limited literacy means limited opportunity for too many of California’s public school children who are unable to read at grade level.  Studies show that proficiency in reading by the end of third grade is a crucial marker in a child’s educational development.

To meet this challenge, JCL recruits, trains, and supports nearly 400 volunteer reading tutors and places them in public elementary schools throughout the Bay Area. JCL’s volunteer tutors share the magic of reading and give children a better chance to succeed —all in as little as an hour per week.

Our students have gained confidence as readers because of this program. Thank you JCL!"

– Principal, New Highland Academy, Oakland.

Click here for JCL’s website to find out more, register for a free tutor training session in San Francisco, the East Bay or the Peninsula, or donate to this important cause.