Early Learning and Reading Network


The ELRN is dedicated to increasing the number of Tacoma children enrolling in TPS preschool, meeting all six developing skills entering kindergarten, and reading proficiently by the end of third grade.

The number of childcare providers and teachers who gained key competencies through12 professional development trainings since 2015, sharing their skills with thousands of our youngest Tacomans.


Meeting and Events Calendar

See the meeting schedules and upcoming events for this network

Meeting Minutes and Agendas

Download archived meeting minutes and agendas

Get Involved!

To learn more, join us for a network meeting at 12:30 pm on the third Tuesday of every month, call 253.272.1600, or email us at earlylearning@graduatetacoma.org.


Download the Early Learning and Reading Network’s Action Plan here. This working document guides the network’s activities and serves as a blueprint for the future.



Increasing Access to Books

Provided more than 20,000 books to children in East and South End communities, closing gaps in access for students most in need.

Supporting Early Development

Trained childcare providers and kindergarten teachers in key competencies in an effort to improve the Washington Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) for entering kindergarteners.

Promoting Healthy Reading Habits

Connected students to books in multiple ways, from Book to Home summer delivery to organizing with neighborhood barbers who provide free books to the boys of color who sit and visit in their chairs every month.

Network Leads

Network Partners

Bamford Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, Campaign for Grade Level Reading, Center for Strong Schools, Childcare Resources, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, Communities in Schools of Tacoma, First5 FUNdamentals, Foundation for Tacoma Students, KBTC Public Television, Multicultural Child & Family Hope Center, Pediatrics Northwest, Reach Out and Read, Stand for Children, Tacoma Community House, Tacoma Housing Authority, Tacoma Public Library, Tacoma Public Schools, United Way of Pierce County, YMCA of Pierce & Kitsap Counties