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Grandparents can read aloud daily on Be There Bedtime Stories

Storytelling ranked higher than television or video games among pastimes for kids…

“The results of our research confirm the traditional activity of storytelling continues to be a powerful learning and emotional resource in children’s lives,” said child psychologist Richard Woolfson, who led a study commissioned by Disney/Pixar.


The Read Aloud Factor

Be There Bedtime Stories is proud to be a recognized Partner of the Children’s Literacy Coalition of Los Angeles, sharing in it’s core mission to raise awareness on the importance of literacy.

Literacy is the foundation upon which all childhood development can grow. From science textbooks to word problems in math to history, if a child struggles with reading then [s]he will struggle with all other subjects throughout the education experience.

Did you Know?

Countless studies have suggested that simply reading aloud DAILY to children under age 5 is the most effective way to ensure literacy for life. Our multi media technology provides families far apart with the opportunity to participate building this important foundation. By adding a video camera to this developmental, storytelling activity, you can build literacy AND build relationships with young family members in a meaningful way.

Our Roundtable of Advocacy

The mission of the CLC-LA is to bring families, schools and communities together in our common goal to raise awareness on early literacy and provide access to books, regardless of socio-economic conditions or geographical location.

Our founder, Alison Sansone, serves at this roundtable of advocacy. Visit the CLC-LA to learn more about the mission or to get involved and join the roundtable!

Did You Know?

A child spends 900 hours a year in school and 7,800 hours at home.

Your family stands to make the most impact on a child when it comes to literacy. Video storytelling is a read-aloud activity that can help build young readers and build family relationships at the same time!

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CLC-LA Partners

Visit the Partners of the CLC-LA for volunteer opportunities or programs to implement in your school or community.

Alliance for a Better Community

In 2000, a coalition of concerned Latino leaders created Alliance for a Better Community (ABC), a non-profit organization, as a result of a shared desire to establish a mechanism that responds to and shapes Latino policy in Los Angeles.


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Book Ends

BookEnds mission is to empower students to create a thriving community by opening the door to community service and literacy.

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Bring Me a Book

Bring Me A Book’s mission is to strengthen the language and emerging literacy skills of the growing number of California’s under-served children.

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Centro Latino for Literacy

Centro Latino continues to work on bridging the skills gap between Leamos™ and the beginning English curricula offered by our education partners. Our vision is that non-literate adult Spanish speakers have the opportunity to become functionally bi-literate (Spanish and English).

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Families in Schools

Families In Schools envisions a public education system where students have all the opportunities and resources necessary to succeed in school and in life. We seek a workforce prepared for lifelong learning, and active engagement in the civic life of our society. Guided by this belief, the mission of Families In Schools is to involve parents and communities in their children’s education to achieve lifelong success. Pay Us a Visit!

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

The Jewish Federation’s Community Engagement initiative provides opportunities for the Jewish Community to engage in meaningful volunteer service opportunities, to build relationships with leaders and policy makers, and build a better Los Angeles for everyone.

Through KOREH L.A., its nonsectarian literacy program, the Federation supports literacy through a variety of volunteer-based and corporate-sponsored programs to ensure that all the children of Los Angeles can read – and succeed.

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Every child deserves the chance to succeed, yet studies show that children from low-income neighborhoods are at a greater risk of school failure. Jumpstart is a national early education organization that helps these children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be successful in school, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late.

Since 1993, Jumpstart has trained nearly 25,000 college students and community volunteers to deliver its program to more than 100,000 preschool children nationwide.

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Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a partner in the mission of the CLC-LA, in raising awareness on the importance of literacy.

Los Angeles Public Library

The Los Angeles Public Library provides free and easy access to information, ideas, books and technology that enrich, educate and empower every individual in our city’s diverse communities.

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National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles

The National Council of Jewish Women is a volunteer organization that has been at the forefront of social change for over a century — championing the needs of women, children, and families — while courageously taking a progressive stance on such issues as child welfare, women’s rights, and reproductive freedom.

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Read to a Child Los Angeles

Read to a Child pairs elementary school children with corporate volunteers to read together once a week during lunch. This ongoing activity helps bridge the literacy gap between children from low-income and high-income families.

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Reading Partners

Reading Partners is dedicated to transforming struggling young readers into confident readers who are excited about learning.

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Reading to Kids

Reading to Kids is a grassroots organization dedicated to inspiring underserved children with a love of reading, thereby enriching their lives and opportunities for future success.  Our mission is motivated by a landmark 1985 study, conducted by the National Commission on Reading, which found that “the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.” Pay Us a Visit!


Ready Set Read

Ready, Set, Read!  helps Los Angeles area parents read to their young children. We teach parents how to share books and we donate classroom lending libraries. Collaborating with preschools in underserved communities throughout Los Angeles County, we offer workshops where parents learn simple, effective techniques that help their child get the most from their reading time. By involving parents in their children’s literacy development, we pave the way for future reading and educational success. Pay Us a Visit!

SAG Foundation

Since 1993, SAG Foundation has been committed to championing children’s literacy. Through our many diverse and innovative programs we continue to inspire children to read and write. With unique partnerships and collaborations and support from thousands of actors across the country, we are able to make our programs a reality. Pay Us a Visit!

Workplace Literacy Assoc.

Current statistics reveal a shocking lack of literacy skills not only in early education but in the adult working population as well. Across the nation, findings show that  one in five employees cannot read, write or perform basic mathematical tasks.  Workplace Literacy Associates is dedicated to delivering quality literacy training programs and services for not only children’s programs but for the underserved workforce population.  We are able to recognize and address literacy needs and concerns which impact the quality and health of the entire organization.

For more information, contact us directly:

Miryam Jannol, President

Phone: (323) 655-7616


Perfect for Grandparents!

“This is perfect for our family! We do Facetime, but the timing isn’t always convenient. Bedtime stories with grandma is possible with Be There Bedtime Stories!”



Dads Dig It!

“The parent-approved, easy-to-use platform also delivers the added benefit of fostering literacy…kids are engaging in proven read-aloud techniques that build language and literacy. ”



Savvy Aunties Agree!

“Webtime Stories offer some unique and story-specific advantages over other webcam alternatives like Skype and iChat.”



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