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MISSION

Democratize early learning and foster universal readiness for school success by empowering families of all economic and cultural backgrounds to engage children in joyful reading and conversation that build on their natural curiosity and validate their perceptions.

VISION

Put a critical mass of content-rich literature in the hands of families in their homes and coach caregivers to develop in young children capacity for learning through the tried-and-true method of reading with them and responding to their ideas.

COFOUNDERS

Alice Letvin, PhD, and Carolyn Saper, MST, each has 30+ years of experience in children’s literary publishing, literacy assessment, teacher professional development, parent education, and innovative PK–12 literature-based language arts curricula. With Matthew Rubin, MBA, they competed in the 2016 University of Chicago Booth School of Business Social New Venture Challenge, and placed as a finalist. Since then, ReadAskChat has received multiple investments from the United States National Science Foundation to spur the development of innovative and impactful education initiatives.

OUR TEAM

OUR TEAM

Carolyn Saper

Cofounder, President

Alice Letvin

Cofounder, COO

Be Helguera-Repetto Luecke

Spanish-language Editor and Translator

Jilan Plecha

Systems Coordinator

Pamela Flowers-Thomas

Founding Advisor, Head Start and Early Childhood Education

ILLUSTRATORS

Art depicted on this website was created by April Dukes, Ying-Feng Shen, Jia Liu, Simone Shin, The Brave Union, Sybil Wettasinghe, Karen Dugan, John Jay, Anna Bron, Heidi Younger, and Paul Galdone. The characters of Andie and Ruffy were created by Susan Gal.

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