Scaling early English literacy to bridge the opportunity divide

Why it matters

In the United States

One in five schoolchildren in the California is an English Language Learner

One in ten schoolchildren in the US is an English Language Learner

Lack of English proficiency hurts all educational outcomes including science and math


90% primary age children in low-income countries, and 75% children in lower-middle income countries - more than 330 million children - are not expected to read by the end of primary school

In 2015, illiteracy cost the global economy $1.2 trillion, perpetuating poverty in many parts of the world


If all students in low income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty:12% cut in world poverty

Bridging the Divide

“Zero to reading” digital content + low-cost mobile devices

We now have a real shot at scaling English literacy to reach every child

Our goal is to provide the crucial missing first step in each child’s educational journey.

“Zero to reading”?

We start from zero: no prior exposure to English or knowledge of any other language is necessary.

We engage children with imagery and audio, with content designed for personalized guided learning.

Our content design is based on Instructional Second Language Acquisition research, targeting the fundamental skills required for literacy: vocabulary knowledge (meaning of words), phonological awareness (recognition of sounds), and orthographic awareness (recognition of spelling). Our content modules reinforce each other as they target these fundamental skills. 

Early literacy is key to educational and economic opportunities in the global economy, but 100s of millions of children are being left behind. They just need the opportunity.

You can help provide the tools and change the course of their lives. Join us!