First Book Insights

A research initiative amplifying the voices of more than 350,000 educators
First Book Insights, Press Releases

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

First Book Social Issues Impact Survey
A survey of the effect of current social and political issues on children in need, as reported by the educators who serve them.

In underserved communities, increased anxiety around Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and racism is impeding learning and increasing demands on educators, according to survey results gathered by First Book.

The Importance of Social and Emotional Learning
The initiative was informed by original research conducted by First Book in December of 2015

The First Book-Molina Health Needs Assessment gathered input from more than 2,100 First Book members, who exclusively serve low-income communities, to identify the most significant barriers to health and wellness faced by their students. The results revealed that educators saw mental health, or a combination of mental and physical health, as an obstacle to academic success by nearly 90 percent of respondents.

Focus on First Book, For Educators, Our Bookshelf

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

Diversity and Inclusion in Children's Books
There is a need for diverse, representative children's books according to teachers.

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 and their neighborhoods.

Who are the people serving kids in need?
With more than 350,00 members, First Book is the largest and fastest-growing network of educators in the United States exclusively serving kids in need.

First Book members work in classrooms, afterschool and summer or early childhood programs, shelters and health clinics, libraries, community programs, military support programs and other settings.

Our network of educators provides feedback that helps identify and remove the barriers to education for the kids they serve.