First Book Insights

A knowledge bank built on 25 years of listening to educators serving kids in need

First Book Insights is a nonpartisan research initiative that leverages proprietary data generated from 25 years of working with educators serving kids in need. Through surveys, focus groups and formal studies, First Book uses this knowledge to advance the field with focused investment and impact.

First Book Insights, Press Releases

First Book Insights: Anxiety About Immigration Policies, Racism Taking Toll in Classroom

First Book Social Issues Impact Survey
Social issues are proving to be a barrier to learning.

In underserved communities, increased anxiety around immigration policies and racism is getting in the way of learning and increasing demands on educators, according to survey results gathered by First Book.

Social and Emotional Learning
First Book educators say emotional wellness is a top priority.

The First Book-Molina Health Needs Assessment gathered input from more than 2,100 First Book members to identify the most significant barriers to health and wellness faced by kids in need. The results revealed that educators saw mental health, or a combination of mental and physical health, as an obstacle to academic success.

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The Stories for All Project: 60,000 New Books to Increase Diversity, Promote Inclusivity

Diversity and Inclusion
Representation in kids' books matters, according to educators.

In a survey of the educators First Book serves, 90 percent of respondents agreed that the children in their programs would be more enthusiastic readers if they had access to books with characters, stories, and images that reflect their lives.