Changing the landscape of child literacy

Our Programs

CLASS Program

The CLASS (Caribbean Literacy and School Support) approach: send great books, create, or rejuvenate lending libraries, and sustain literacy gains has reached more than 125,000 children in grades K-12 by placing more than half-a-million books in 432 primary schools, secondary schools, and community libraries.

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Preschool Program

The 2020 launch of the Preschool Initiative placed library “starter sets” in nearly 500 preschools in six Eastern Caribbean countries and includes a Pilot Program in Grenada. The initiative is focused on building early literacy outcomes, increasing parental and community engagement, and ensuring children as young as three have access to great books and literacy programs. The preschool initiative allows Hands Across the Sea to reach an additional 15,000+ children each year.

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Where We Work

Hands Across the Sea is focused on six English-speaking island nations of the Eastern Caribbean: Antigua, St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada. The enthusiasm for reading in the region is very high, but the budget for literacy-building resources is very low. Many children are growing up without access to new, relevant books and a lending library. With your help, we're changing the landscape.

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Covid-19

Agile and hyper-local response for and with our communities.

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Takeaway Books

School lending programs that put books in hands and homes, now.

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FAQ

A little bit of the how and why.

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