Take Off! - a preschool learning outreach program

What activity helps level the academic playing field for all children?  Regardless of race, gender, class, working or single parents, or English as a second language?

Reading aloud to children!

If children are read to from the time they are born until they enter kindergarten they are set for success!

Research tells us that children immersed in "pleasurable language experiences" at a young age, enter school at a decided advantage. 

Our program supports childcare providers and preschool teachers in helping young children develop the language and early literacy skills they need in order to successfully begin kindergarten.


Available Services:

Access to books

We have over 100 rotating book boxes available for sites to borrow for one month at a time.  These boxes include:

Access to educational materials that make story time more fun

Access to support materials


We also provide:

Children with their free books.


Some helpful sites (in no particular order): 


Social media links:

Facebook iconFacebook - www.facebook.com/takeoffprogram
Pinterest iconPinterest - www.pinterest.com/takeoffprogram


Current funders and contributors to the TAKE OFF! program include:


To sign up for services or for more information contact:

Monica Hoffman
Take Off! Program Manager -- takeoff@ucsld.org


The best time to start reading to a child is the day he/she is born.  Growing up with books increases a child's vocabulary, builds his attention span, and improves his grammar.  But even beyond this, a child discovers a story can touch the heart. 


Last Modified: 2/17 & updated: 5/17