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Strengthening K-3 Reading

Reading proficiency by third grade is a cornerstone of future academic success.

Reading proficiency by third grade is a cornerstone of future academic success. In Puerto Rico, 40% of third grade public school students aren’t meeting native Spanish proficiency levels on standardized tests.

We believe, and strong evidence proves, that systems that continually struggle to teach young children to read are changed by putting the right information and resources in the hands of teachers – and supporting their growth and development along the way. Flamboyan works hand-in-hand with teachers, school directors, administrators, researchers and policymakers to identify the greatest challenges to successfully teaching reading in the K-3rd grades, and then partners with them to create solutions. Together, we give students the strong start they need to thrive.

Digital resources to support reading

Access the digital resources, in Spanish, that we have compiled to support the learning of reading in your child.


Todos a Leer

Resources for Families and Educators

Inspire a love for reading at school and at home! Flamboyan has curated a series of resources that families and educators can use to spread the joy of reading, because kids who love to read become good readers! Check out these 4 resources below.

Read Aloud Series

Our Read Aloud videos feature Spanish-language stories for children ages 3 to 9, but is fun for the whole family!

Watch Read Aloud Videos

Tips for Families

Families can use this Tip Guide to explore how to inspire their child’s love of reading at home.

Read Tips For Families

Read Aloud Guide

Families and educators can use this guidance to do an enjoyable read aloud at home, in school, or at the library.

Check Out The Guide

Recommended Books

Our team has curated a list of high-quality fiction and nonfiction books for children ages 3 through 12.

Download The Book List


K-3 Reading Programs

¡Equipados para leer!

¡Equipados para leer! provides multi-level classroom libraries and Read Aloud training for K-3 teachers. Each classroom library is built of high-quality books that meet international literacy criteria, are aligned to Puerto Rico Department of Education (PRDE) standards, and are culturally relevant. Additionally, teachers receive training in the research-based practice of Read Alouds through hands-on workshops and participation in a virtual community. The community allows participants to learn from, collaborate with, and contribute to the work of teachers in the program.

Herramientas para comprender

Herramientas para comprender is a comprehensive professional development program that builds teachers’ capacity to help young readers process text, understand its meaning, and integrate it with what they already know. This groundbreaking portfolio of reading comprehension tools includes curricula, assessments, and supplemental materials for early grade teachers to use in their classrooms as well as trainings to support implementation in schools across the island.

by the numbers

Scaling Up

In FY 2018, Flamboyan scaled its Equipped to Read! program to 10 schools, serving 82 teachers, and impacting 1,700 K‐3 students within the Carolina and Loíza school districts.

Learn More About Equipped to Read

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Learn About Our DC-Based Work

Flamboyan Foundation’s effective family engagement work is centered on building meaningful relationships between educators and families. Take a look!

Building Effective Family Engagement

When authentic relationships between families and educators are built, everyone wins.

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