Who We Are

Our Mission

We partner with school districts to ensure all children are reading
at or above grade level by third grade.

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 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 equity
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 an inclusive culture where our diverse staff, tutors, partners, and participants engage in honest, supportive interactions and find a sense of belonging.


Literacy First is a homegrown program in Austin, Texas that directly responds to disparities in childhood literacy due to poverty. Therefore, our tutors are placed in Title 1 schools in Central Texas. 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