Who We Are

Our Vision

Every child in Central Texas develops reading skills that allow them to realize their
full potential with regard to education, economic opportunity,
civic engagement, and personal development.

Our Mission

We partner with school districts to ensure all children learn to read by the end of second grade.

Our Approach

We fulfill our mission by offering a variety of support services, with a particular focus on achieving successful outcomes for growing readers, including one-to-one literacy interventions, teacher and staff training, instructional coaching, data-centered advising, and bilingual and culturally sustaining reading resources and interventions.

Our Values

Our work is grounded in four core values to help us
lead with integrity in all we do.

We embody the spirit of service in pursuit of educational opportunity
and every child’s right to read.

We achieve quality impact through continual learning, meaningful evaluation,
and advancing expertise in literacy.

We embrace community strengths through respectful and intentional collaboration
with students, parents, tutors, teachers, and partners.

We nurture a supportive culture where our staff, tutors, partners, and participants engage in honest interactions and find a sense of belonging.


Literacy First is a homegrown program based in Austin, Texas that directly responds to disparities in childhood literacy due to poverty. We provide intensive, effective tutoring to growing readers in underserved communities. To address the needs of our students, each of our campuses has at least one bilingual tutor.

Literacy First’s administrative offices are in the West Pickle Research Building at The University of Texas at Austin.

Our address:

3925 West Braker Lane Suite 3.801
Austin, TX 78759