About Us

Literacy Changes Lives—Motheread Changes Literacy

We know that, for programs to work, they must build on students’ strengths and hopes. Our research-based curriculum gives programs new ways to make skills, as well as dreams, a reality.

Motheread, Inc. is a nationally acclaimed private, non-profit organization that helps adults and children learn to use the power of language to discover more about themselves, their families, and their communities.

Founded in Raleigh, North Carolina  in 1987, Motheread, Inc. has grown into a national training and curriculum development organization with a multi-state network in addition to programming found in individual communities throughout the United States.

Our teaching approach with adults has been recognized for excellence.


Summary of Services

Fiscal year 2013 – 2014 was a year of growth as we continued to coordinate national and state trainings, develop curricula, and teach diverse student populations in numerous settings in and around Wake County. Additionally, we expanded our participation in initiatives to improve the literacy skills of North Carolina parents and children, and demonstrated our commitment to evidence-based practices.
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 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

Motheread, Inc. is supported with funding from Wake County Smart Start, the North Carolina Community College System Office, the North Carolina Department of Correction, Wake County Human Services, as well as other 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.