TOT4TOT

Turn Off Tech 4 Two On Tuesdays

HELP GIVE SCHOOL SUPPLIES & EDUCATIONAL TOYS TO TOTS IN NEED 

& RAISE FUNDS YOUR TOT'S SCHOOL TOO!

THE PROBLEM:

CHILDHOOD ILLITERACY


1 IN 4 CHILDREN IN AMERICA GROW UP WITHOUT LEARNING HOW TO READ


THE ​REASON

LACK OF DAILY READING & TOO FEW BOOKS IN THE HOME

The average low-income home has 1 children’s book.

The average middle class home has 13 children’s books.

Plus, 17% of parents of minor children say they have never been to a public library.

19% of Americans say they have never visited a public library or a bookmobile.


THE SOLUTION

DAILY READING AND MONTHLY LIBRARY VISITS 

Children in low-income families lack essential one-on-one reading time. 

The average child growing up in a middle class family has been exposed to 1,000 to 1,700 hours of one-one picture book reading. 

The average child growing up in a low-income family, in contrast, has only been exposed to 25 hours of one-on-one reading.


And out of the 24.5 million children under the age of five in America only about 2 million participate in a free reading program which do not require monthly library visits.


RAISE FUNDS FOR YOUR SCHOOL TOO!

AMERICA'S FUTURE DEPENDS UPON THE QUALITY OF ITS CHILDREN'S EDUCATION

But with school funding cut by up to 77% in districts across the USA in 2021 and projected cuts of 79% in 2022 our children's reading and educational needs are not being met.

1 in 4 children in America grow up without learning how to read.

THE WINDOW IS SO SMALL TO GET BOOKS INTO THE HANDS OF YOUNG CHILDREN AND FOR THE READING TO BEGIN!How many books are in your closet?

$550.00 WORTH!

The average woman has $550.00 worth of new unworn (aka unwanted) clothing and shoes.

That’s about 5 items that you (75%) or your friends (51%) don’t really like or want (you) to wear.


Or that could be about 55 books for preschoolers in your community.


TOT4TOT’s mission is to get kids to turn off tech for two hours on Tuesdays and help to make daily reading and monthly library visits a regular part of every child life, before and after, they start school.


Since 2019, TOT4TOT has been raising funds to support early childhood literacy programs & raise funds for local participating schools.

TOT4TOT 

Turn Off Tech 4 Two On Tuesdays 

TOT4TOT is a charitable fundraising service that raises funds to help open and operate new chapters of early childhood literacy programs in communities across America while also raising funds for local participating schools.


Through its partnership with First Library, it is able to offer four unique and customizable ways for community members to give and give back.

  1. Local parents pledge funds to turn off their children's technology, and hopefully theirs, for two hours a day (beginning) on Tuesdays while their children give up tech so other less fortunate children in their community can receive free educational toys and clothing.
  2. Local schools participate in school-wide TOT4TOT Pledge-a-Thons and raise funds for their school and a new chapter of a free reading program in their community. BONUS, TOT4TOT WILL GIVE NEW SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO YOUR FUTURE / CURRENT STUDENTS WITH EVERY FUNDRAISER.
  3. Local businesses participate in company-wide TOT4TOT Pledge-a-Thons to raise funds to open a new chapter of free reading programs in their community.

All pledges and sponsorships are made using the zip code / special code of the donor thereby keeping the program and benefits the children receive local, and private.


As the largest, exclusive independent Local Fundraising Champion for First Library®, TOT4TOT’s mission is to bring First Library’s free educational toys and clothing / reading program to both underserved and underserviced communities across the United States.


First Library is a 501(c)3 nonprofit tax-exempt organization and donations are 100% tax-deductible as allowable by law.


TOT4TOT’S MISSION IS TO GET CHILDREN TO TURN OFF TECHNOLOGY FOR TWO HOURS A DAY WHILE HELPING TO GIVE FREE EDUCATIONAL TOYS, SCHOOL SUPPLIES AND CLOTHING TO PRESCHOOL CHILDREN ACROSS AMERICA.


PLUS, WE SUPPORT DAILY READING TIME AND REGULAR LIBRARY PATRONAGE!

Text your zip code (or special code / 00001) to 443-21 and pledge to turn off tech 4 one, two, three or more days a week!+

Donations benefit preschoolers in your town with the gift of free educational toys and clothing quarterly.

All donations are processed via the secure nonprofit “Text to Give” smartphone platform Give Lively and are 100% tax deductible.

FREE READING PROGRAMS

First Library is a early childhood literacy nonprofit organization that promotes daily reading and monthly library patronage for expectant and single first time mothers.


Children registered in their first program, First Library, receive free, brand new, age-appropriate educational toys and supplies,  quarterly, until the age of one.


Mothers are encouraged to read to daily and are required to visit their local library monthly for enrollment in the program.

More First Library, their second program, offers expectant and first time single mothers, the majority in need, free brand new age appropriate educational toys, supplies and children's clothing, quarterly, until the age of three. 


Mothers are asked to read to their child daily and are required to visit their local library monthly and perform various free reading related activities for enrollment in the program. 


Participation in a social service program is required for enrollment in the More First Library program.

TOTOT, a charitable fundraising service, gives brand new age appropriate school supplies delivered semiannually, until the age of three, to the future preschool children of the participating school.


Mothers are asked to read to their child daily and are encouraged to visit their local library monthly.

Research Shows the Need to Turn Off Tech & Turn On Reading and Other Good Habits in Children

CommonSense Media Consensus Series finds the average child spends over two hours a day on a mobile screen.

Help children take a break from tech and turn on reading and more.

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Pew Research Study Shows the Need for Regular Library Patronage and Reading

Pew Research shows the segment of the population that needs the library the most will benefit the greatest from the First Library programs encouraged daily reading and monthly library visits.

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Department of Education and Parents as Teachers Study Validates TOT4TOT'S Mission of Daily Reading & Regular Library Patronage 

TOT4TOT's mission of getting books into the hands of children, many in need, from birth to age three (especially in newborn to age three children in high risks homes) and promoting regular library patronage has been validated by the Investing in Innovation Project.


Innovative Approaches to Literacy


Results of the Innovative Approaches to Literacy Project

The 2015 Investing in Innovation Project by the Department of Education and Parents as Teachers study of children in high risk environments showed a


35% increase in families with 26 or more books in the home.

29% increase in children pretending to read books once or more a day.

22% increase in family reading books together once or more a day.

19% increase in families who own library cards.

If your zip code is not listed text 07960 and donate under “❤️ Give in honor of someone” section. Include your zip code in the message section. Funds will be donated to your community’s program.

+For online donations click the “❤️ DEDICATE THIS GIFT” section. Use your special code in the Dedicate’s Name section and "[email protected]" in the email address section. Funds will be donated to your community’s program. 

OR 

Text 973-610-8833 and add your zip code to our donors’ list. Please allow up to ten minutes for addition.

ALL DONATIONS ARE 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE!


Please note PJ Library pledges are accepted​ under the "Give in honor” section. Name: PJ Library

*Preschool Parent? Post School Parent? Still want to give?

Donate for the FREE Preschool Book program in your town & READyay will double their donation.

Forty percent of the proceeds of every sale is given to the FREE preschool book program in the donor's town, plus an additional 10% is donated to the program in the buyer's town.

The Interview that ​began TOT4TOT's mission of turning off tech and turning on reading and more!

My Life Publications

First Library​® appeared on the cover or in seven of their sixteen October 2019 issues. 


When we help children with the gift of reading, whether they be less fortunate or not, we are helping everyone in their class, school, and community.

Catherine T. Goldberg

Board Of Trustees 

First Library 

FirstLibrary.org