About Us

Literacy Changes Lives—Motheread Changes Literacy

Motheread, Inc. is a nationally acclaimed, private, non-profit organization that combines literacy instruction with child development, adult empowerment or employment skills. In keeping with our mission we provide local classes for parents, early childhood professionals and other adults; develop curricula for adult educators and childcare instructors; and provide training in the use of our curricula throughout North Carolina, the United States, the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam. Our goal is for adults and children to learn to use the power of literacy to discover more about themselves, their families, and their communities.


 National and State Honors

Barbara Bush Foundation Selection As National Model Program
International Reading Association Promotion of Literacy Award
Laubach Literacy Selection As Exemplary Literacy Program
National Humanities Medal
North Carolina Human Relations Council Service Award
North Carolina Reading Association’s James B. Hunt Literacy Award
Parenting Magazine Leadership Award
People and Book Magazine Features
The Read-Aloud Handbook Feature
GlaxoSmithKline Impact Award

Motheread, Inc. is supported with funding from the North Carolina Community College System, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Wake County Human Services, as well as grants, contractual partnerships, and individual and corporate gifts.

Motheread, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization. Financial contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. 

Connecting with People • Connecting with Literacy

With cell phones, email, Facebook, and Twitter people have never had so many ways to connect with one another.  But no matter how “interactive” technology becomes, it can’t replace personal connections built face-to-face over shared experiences and aspirations.

We know that for students to be engaged and motivated, instruction must be relevant to their lives.  From the start, we have taught students while respecting and adapting to what they teach us.  Our curriculum development process also engages scholars, education experts, and researchers who help us make instruction relevant, meaningful, and effective.  We train instructors to personalize lessons to address the needs of specific groups of students. We meet students where they are and help them get where they want to go.

Motheread offers classes for both adults and children. In adult classes, participants learn critical literacy skills in a group structure that supports their own sense of worth and ability. These classes are appropriate for all adults, regardless of reading ability or prior educational experience. By teaching the “why” of reading rather than just emphasizing the “how,” classes also encourage parents to be reading role models for their children. For children, Story Exploring provides a structured environment for learning reading, critical-thinking, and problem solving skills.

Our students are diverse, each bringing unique strengths and challenges to our classes.  Participants in our classes include parents and expectant parents, English language learners, aspiring citizens, basic skills students, those with developmental disabilities, families at risk for domestic violence, incarcerated women, and child-care teachers.

Since 1987, Motheread has connected the teaching of literacy skills with a variety of content. Using original curricula, we build connections on the local, state, and national levels with thousands of instructors and students each year by teaching, or training others to teach, literacy development classes.