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John Glasser founded Better Basics in 1993 upon the realization of the intimate link between poverty and illiteracy.

He decided to transform this truth by fostering literacy skills one child at a time. The results of his effort were, and continue to be, astounding.

Over the past 23 years, Better Basics has expanded to include ten programs, serving over 26,000 children a year across the state of Alabama. Despite the large number, our core belief has stood the test of time; illiteracy will be diminished one child at a time.

Reading proficiency by the end of the third grade is the key predictor for high school graduation and career success.

Children living in poverty and not reading on grade level are 13 times less likely to graduate high school than their more affluent peers.

In 2014-2015, only 35% of Alabama 3rd graders were reading on grade level.