Big Shoulders Fund is an independent non-profit that supports Chicago Catholic schools which serve low-income student populations. The Big Shoulders Fund Academic Programs team aims to provide the network of 82 schools with access to high-quality curricular materials and resources, provide comprehensive professional development to all key educators, and work with schools to establish structures that will sustain improvements long-term. Currently, Big Shoulders works with Concordia University to implement a program focused on improving literacy and language development instruction from PK-8th grade in 6 schools.
Reading, Pre-Writing, Expository Writing, Creative Writing, Book Access & Distribution, ELL/ESL, Workforce Development, Teacher Training, Curriculum Development
PreK (Age 3-5), Grades K-8, Grades 9-12, Adult
Central, Far North Side, Far Southeast Side, Far Southwest Side, North Side, Northwest Side, South Side, Southwest Side, West Side, No Physical Location
Blueprint is a PreK literacy curriculum based on National Reading Panel and Early Reading First recommendations that is designed to meet state and national standards for reading, writing and language development in 10 monthly theme guides.
The Book Worm Angels program at Open Books provides more than 100,000 free, engaging, high-quality, age-appropriate, excellent-condition books to schools and nonprofit partners across Chicago each year for students to enjoy and share with their families.
Book Access & Distribution
PreK (Age 0-3), PreK (Age 3-5), Grades K-8, Grades 9-12
Central, Far North Side, Far Southeast Side, Far Southwest Side, North Side, Northwest Side, South Side, Southwest Side, West Side, Suburbs
Books On The Block Tour is a summer tour centered on putting books in the hands of young people throughout the poorest communities in America. In addition to putting coloring books and academic activity books in the hands of young people, the “Books On The Block Tour” asks adults to take the PLEDGE to love the young people in their homes and on the block where they live. To date, “Books On The Block Tour” has given away over 100,000 books to young people standing on community blocks, in the following cities: Chicago, IL – Gary, IN – Atlanta, GA – Baltimore, MD – Columbus, OH – Memphis, TN – Cleveland, OH – Flint, MI – Milwaukee, WI – Detroit, MI – Washington, DC – Minneapolis, MN
Reading, Book Access & Distribution
PreK (Age 0-3), PreK (Age 3-5), Grades K-8, Grades 9-12, Adult