In the News – 2022

Read Ready Kentucky offers science-backed program to families for free

Nov 2 2022

“Read Ready Kentucky” launched this month under the leadership of Miss Kentucky 2022 Hannah Edelen, a former middle school teacher for Covington Independent Public Schools, one of the most impoverished school systems in the state.

From Where I Am Standing: Covington’s model Read Ready program makes big difference in kids’ lives

Apr 30th, 2020

"There is something unique going on in Covington, something that could matter greatly to the future of the whole city. It is still too soon to know if it will work.
By now some of us have heard that the capacity to read well, a critical component to school success, is primarily built in the early years of a child’s life. Children who are frequently read to, talked with and sung to normally begin school poised for school success. The problem is that this understanding of brain development is a relatively new thing. It has not permeated the parenting practices of all families. In short, loving parents who may not have been reared with a lot of books and conversation may still be rearing their children as they were. But the world has changed. Most of the opportunities for a better life require more than a high school degree and therefore higher reading skills."

Aiding student achievement a focus of San Mateo-Foster City School District

Sep 15, 2022
"The district is also doubling down on its support programs by adopting the Footsteps2Brilliance program this February, which helps students develop their listening skills and the ST Math program in the 2021-22 school year. Ochoa also noted the district has seen strong improvements after implementing Math Boost, a tutoring program that provided an hour of instruction three days a week for four weeks to students who were not meeting math standards."

Hempstead ISD Superintendent Offers Free Access to Interactive Early Literacy Program, Footsteps2Brilliance

July 28, 2022
Hempstead TX families now have free access to a proven interactive literacy program thanks to a new partnership between Hempstead ISD and Footsteps2Brilliance.

Early learners and their families in Hempstead, TX now have free access to a proven, interactive literacy program at their fingertips as a result of a new partnership between Hempstead Independent School District and Footsteps2Brilliance.

Levittown students get a jump start on learning

July 28, 2022
Along with strengthening students’ language development, the program’s academic and enrichment program focuses on lessons in literacy, physical education, technology and STEAM. To enhance learning, the program also incorporates the required summer reading books, as well as the district’s online platforms such as Footsteps2Brilliance.

United Way recognizes Central Mass. students for reading

June 9, 2022
FITCHBURG — United Way of Central Massachusetts has recognized local students and their dedication to reading as part of its 2021-2022 Winter Reading Challenge.

In collaboration with the Early Literacy Innovation Zone of North Central Massachusetts, the challenge is meant to encourage younger students to read during their winter break, according to a recent press release. In the most recent challenge, which took place from Dec. 20 to Jan. 20, students read 6,976 books.

Ted Alejandre Named State Superintendent of the Year

June 2, 2022
San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (SBCSS) Ted Alejandre was awarded State Superintendent of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA).

Students Read 8.5 Million Words in Spring Reading Challenge, Summer Challenge Awaits

May 24, 2022
In support of Literacy by 5th Grade Initiative, students respond with investment in their own literacy, as top readers in Desert Center Unified School District earn prizes of iPad tablets ahead of the next challenge.

Universal Transitional Kindergarten Solution Already Being Used in California Schools

April 14, 2022
For districts struggling with how to implement California’s new mandate for transitional kindergarten expansion, there’s good news. Footsteps2Brilliance has been working in this area with Counties and Districts throughout California and getting extraordinary results.

San Mateo-Foster City Schools Spring Break Challenge

April 15, 2022

The district would like to take a moment to recognize our top 3 schools that read the most hours and most books during our first Spring Break Challenge!


Riverside County Three Million Word Reading Challenge

March 25,2022
"Starting on the National Read Across America Day, students up to 5th Grade are being challenged to read three million words in an effort to win one of five Amazon Kindle devices.
Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin Gomez, as part of the ongoing Literacy by 5th Grade Initiative, issued the challenge that will coincide with the annual National Read Across America activities.”

Dunn Elementary School student author flashes creativity by authoring 3 books

March 8,2022
As Andrew Hernandez looks through one of the three books he’s recently created, the budding author pauses for a moment to think about the accomplishment.
“I feel proud,” Hernandez, a third-grade student at Dunn Elementary School in the Rialto Unified School District, responded. “I feel like not giving up. I feel like I’m going to be a smart kid!”

Toward Comprehensive Effective Literacy Policy and Instruction for English Learner/Emergent Bilingual Students

February 2022
For students, becoming proficient readers and writers is the key to academic success. Reading is the skill through which students access much of the educational content. Writing is how students demonstrate knowledge and express ideas—essential acts of participation in an academic community. For these reasons, effective early literacy development is critical for all children. Too often, however, a one-size-fits-all approach leaves some children behind. Too often, children who enter U.S. schools are not provided the instruction designed to address their needs, so they fail to develop essential literacy skills.

More Than 1 in 3 Children Who Started School in the Pandemic Need ‘Intensive’ Reading Help

February 16, 2022
More than 1 in 3 children in kindergarten through grade 3 have little chance of reading on grade level by the end of the school year without major and systemic interventions.

Footsteps2Brilliance Launches Bilingual Core-Aligned Learning Routine™

D.C., WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES, February 15, 2022
Teachers using Footsteps2Brilliance are now able to identify each student’s areas of difficulty and assign targeted digital lessons to accelerate learning.


Riverside, Calif., January 26, 2022
From pre-reading activities and read-to-you stories to alphabet recognition songs and grammar rules games, the youngest learners in Riverside County now have interactive, new tools right at their fingertips, to boost their early learning and love of reading as a result of a new partnership between the Riverside County Office of Education and Footsteps2Brilliance.

Analysis: Pandemic learning loss could cost U.S. students $2 trillion in lifetime earnings. What states & schools can do to avert this crisis

January 4, 2022

'K12 students have lost up to 19 weeks in instructional learning progress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students of color and students in high-poverty schools have lost the most ground academically. Schools must find ways to provide supplemental instruction to help students make up for lost time. '

Middletown program teaches children before they even become students

In Middletown, there’s a new program that is teaching children even before they officially become students.

“We made it a priority here in Middletown to ensure that every single 4-year-old is kindergarten ready,” said Superintendent of Schools Michael Conner...

Making reading fun: Osceola Reads technology installed in Kissimmee, St. Cloud

The Osceola Reads program, a countywide literacy initiative that offers the Footsteps2Brilliance reading app to all Osceola County children at no cost, has installed new technology stations in Kissimmee and St. Cloud...

The Osceola Reads initiative is sponsored by the School District of Osceola County, Education Foundation of Osceola County, Osceola County BOCC, and the cities of Kissimmee and St. Cloud.

Brothers read together & create stories using Rally Round Reading app

Rally Round Reading is a mobile app, powered by Footsteps2Brilliance, designed to promote early childhood literacy. GISD is providing this research-based, high quality, online reading program that offers both English and Spanish stories for ALL children in Greenville, ages birth to third grade.

It is GISD’s goal to promote early childhood literacy and expand awareness of the app to all children from birth to grade 3 throughout the City of Greenville.

Fontana Herald: Fontana students participate in Reading Rally

The event was in support of San Bernardino County's Vision2Read Initiative, which looks to promote early literacy and support all children from cradle to career. As part of the Vision2Read Initiative and Footsteps2Brilliance early literacy program, there has been a reading challenge for children to have more than 5 million words read this summer.


Enter Osceola Reads, which encourages reading early and often in an attempt to increase the literacy rate throughout Osceola County, a place where about half of kindergarten students are prepared for their first day of school.

Exposing children to reading by age three can help raise that number, and Osceola Reads is reaching out to do that by partnering since February 2016 with the School District of Osceola County, the Education Foundation, the Early Learning Coalition and the local city and county government.

Education Week: Preschoolers Who Practice Phonics Show Stronger Math Skills, Study Finds

Young children who spend more time learning about the relationship between letters and sounds are better at counting, calculating, and recognizing numbers, a new study has found.

Attendance in the Early Grades: Why it Matters for Reading

"Our nation is facing a crisis in early literacy: fully two-thirds of U.S. fourth graders are not reading proficiently, national assessments show. The numbers are even more dire for students from low-income families: 80 percent of them haven’t reached proficiency"

More minorities labeled 'learning disabled' because of social inequities, study finds

August 21, 2018

"A new study suggests that the disproportionate placement of racial minorities into special education for learning disabilities is largely because of social inequities outside of schools rather than racially biased educators."

Ten Reasons Why Early Childhood Education Pays Off

"Get them while they're young: A baby forms 700 new neural connections per second."
A new study suggests that the disproportionate placement of racial minorities into special education for learning disabilities is largely because of social inequities outside of schools rather than racially biased educators.

Appeal democrat - Page Turners: Colusa County students read record breaking amount of books

June 19, 2019

"Children in four Napa County preschool programs celebrated a milestone this month: 1 million words read during the school year.

Using an early literacy app, Footsteps2Brilliance (F2B), students in four preschools run by the Napa County Office of Education read over a million words in and outside the classroom."

Appeal democrat - Page Turners: Colusa County students read record breaking amount of books

June 12, 2019

"This program will lead to students entering the K-12 school system with an opportunity to be more prepared and achieve success earlier on their educational journey.

Michael West
Colusa County Superintendent

Early childhood education strengthens families and can break the cycle of poverty.

May 3, 2019

Professor Heckman’s newest research looks at the life outcomes of Perry Preschool participants at midlife, as well as the outcomes of their own children. After putting the data through a series of rigorous tests, Heckman and his co-author find that the original participants of the program had significant gains in personal and family life outcomes that provided their children with positive second-generation effects on education, health, employment and civic life. Early childhood education resulted in stronger families and significantly contributed to upward mobility in the next generation—an indication that early childhood education can be an effective way to break the cycle of poverty.

Footsteps2Brilliance, Inc. is Certified By the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

May 3, 2019

Footsteps2Brilliance, Inc. is proud to announce national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

“We are delighted to become part of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. Our country is strongest when it ensures that all members of the society are included in economic growth. Women bring a unique and important perspective to the business world”, said Ilene Rosenthal, CEO, Footsteps2Brilliance, Inc.


April 2, 2019

In Florida, we spend less than $3,000 a year to educate a child in pre-K, but more than $50,000 a year to incarcerate a juvenile. This sobering statistic has gotten the attention of 101 Mayors across the state representing small and large communities and all political stripes. ...

Pomona USD wins 2019 Magna Award

April 2, 2019

Congratulations to Pomona USD for receiving the prestigious 2019 Magna Award from the National School Board Association. This award honors them for their commitment to breaking down barriers to learning and creating equity in education. Pomona USD was recognized for their partnership with Footsteps2Brilliance whereby they are accelerating literacy for all children within their community.

Digital readers piling up words by the millions -

January 17, 2019

"Now, district leaders hope to increase its use of the Footsteps2Brilliance literacy app among families with children 4 years of age and younger - a target market that is crucial to the goal of developing early literacy skills among youngsters before they walk through the classroom door.

Overall, use of the digital app has exceeded expectations.

Superintendent Randy Fillpot in November issued a challenge for eight million words to be read by March 1.

“We hit that goal about a month later, so we reset it to 16 million words by March 1,” Fillpot told Mattos Newspapers. Now, with the word count standing at more than 14 million, he said, “it looks like we will hit the new goal of 16 million words by the end of this month."

Educational Innovation, City by City: Ilene Rosenthal ’74

December 4, 2018

"Seven years later, Rosenthal’s company, Footsteps2Brilliance, is reimagining early literacy education on a national scale. She and her colleagues have produced engaging reading games for young children that work on all devices—mobile, laptop, or desktop, Android, PC, or Mac—so that kids can learn at home, in school, in the library, even in the car."

Middletown, CT launching new early childhood effort to break down achievement gap using Footsteps2Brilliance

November 12, 2018

"The Middletown school district on Tuesday is beginning a new early childhood education program that is expected to reduce the achievement gap in the city by ensuring more students are prepared to begin kindergarten.

The district has enrolled in the Footsteps2Brilliance pre-K program that uses mobile software to prepare 3- and 4-year-olds for school."

Footsteps2Brilliance received the prestigious 2018 Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Partners in Educational Excellence Award on November 9, 2018 at the ACSA annual gala.

November 12, 2018

This award was given to Footsteps2Brilliance for its exemplary school-community partnership programs that promote effective educational performance, enhanced student achievement, and strong community involvement in educational excellence. Footsteps2Brilliance was the only publisher to receive this award this year.

Footsteps2Brilliance takes center stage in Newman Crows Landing, CA

October 11, 2018

"The district will host a national literacy summit and press conference Wednesday, Nov. 7, at West Side Theatre to formally roll out its School Ready Initiative, which includes a digital literacy platform available free of charge to the community.

That program, Footsteps2Brilliance, is an early learning program which may be accessed through smartphones, tablets and computers and is available in English and Spanish."

The Neuroscience of Joyful Education - STEM for Women Magazine

"when classroom activities are pleasurable, the brain releases dopamine, a neu­rotransmitter that stimulates the mem­ory centers and promotes the release of acetylcholinem, which increases focused attention. "

Eagle County Schools wins nine top statewide communications awards - Vail Daily

May 8, 2018

"The program has resulted in more than 65,000 books read, 88,000 literacy games played and nearly 19 million words read through the Footsteps2Brilliance mobile app that the district licensed last fall as a reading support tool for its elementary schools. The district also provides access to this mobile app free to all families in Eagle County through the district's website."

Okeechobee launches Okeereads with Footsteps2Brilliance

May 3, 2018

OkeeReads, a free community-wide learning program, includes the Footsteps2Brilliance app which will get instructional materials into the hands of the students much earlier, he said. The materials are geared to children age pre-school through second grade. The goal is for all of the children to be at grade level when they enter third grade.

Hawthorne City billboard showcases 90 million words read

April 20, 2018

Early literacy is a top priority in Hawthorne School District! Check out the Hawthorne city marque showcasing over 90,000,000 words read on Footsteps2Brilliance in Hawthorne, CA.

Pajaro Valley Unified School District Celebrates Success in Reading Challenge and Announces New Challenge!

January 31, 2018

Watsonville, CA – January 31, 2018 – . Dr. Michelle Rodriguez is proud to announce that the District successfully read 9,959,810 of the 10 Million Words reading challenge that ended on January 17, 2018 using Paso, Creciendo Juntos, Step by Step, Growing Together, an app promoting early literacy in English and Spanish. The 10 Million Word Challenge was 5 times the originally established challenge of 2 million words, which was reached soon after the challenge was announced mid-September.

Pajaro - Local company to offer free Wi-Fi in plaza

January 26, 2018

Pajaro Valley Unified School District partners with Watsonville City and local internet providers to put free wifi in the Watsonville Plaza to increase access to Footsteps2Brilliance for families without internet. PVUSD Director of Technology Services Tim Landeck said the service is a way to help students bridge the “homework gap. Many PVUSD families don’t have a reliable internet connection in the home which limits students’ access to 21st century learning,” he said. “Free, reliable wireless access in the Watsonville Plaza will assist students and their families who live close to downtown with easier access to online resources including the #footsteps2brilliance early literacy resource recently rolled out by PVUSD for the community.” Footsteps2Brilliance applauds Superintendent Rodriguez for her visionary leadership and inclusive approach to support every child and their success.

Enthusiastic response to NCLUSD reading app

January 25, 2018

"The Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District rolled out its new literacy app - Foosteps2Brilliance - before an enthusiastic audience Thursday evening.

“I think this is a good fit for the community,” Superintendent Randy Fillpot said of the program. “I think it has the potential to be a game-changer for our district.”

While Footsteps2Brilliance is available to children and adults alike, the district is focusing on putting the program in the hands of young children as part of a school readiness initiative and on honing the literacy skills of early-elementary students."

Newman-Crows Landing School District launches digital literacy program

January 11, 2018

"NEWMAN - The Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District has launched an initiative aimed at better preparing young children for their school years and
strengthening the literacy skills of those already enrolled in the lower elementary grades.
A digital literacy program, Footsteps2Brilliance, has been implemented in grades TK-3 across the district. The program is being offered free of charge to every
family in the district, regardless of whether they have students enrolled.
The district will host a Jan. 18 School Ready Initiative meeting for community leaders and residents interested in learning more about the program and/or
serving as advocates for literacy in the community by promoting the use of Footsteps2Brilliance."

San Benito Elementary School Students Read over 6 Million Words

December 12, 2017

"Elementary school students across San Benito County were challenged by the San Benito County Office of Education to read 3 million words over the summer. Together they surpassed their goal reading 6,451,127 words, equating to 18,338 books."

PVUSD Launches Bilingual Early Literacy Initiative

December 3, 2017

Through this initiative, the Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD) is partnering for five years with Footsteps2Brilliance, Inc., the creators of
this innovative early learning mobile technology platform that enables PVUSD to provide — free of charge — libraries of eBooks, educational games and activities, and creative writing opportunities to every family with children birth through 3rd grade who reside within the communities of Aptos, Pajaro, and Watsonville.

PVUSD unveils literacy app

December 4, 2017

"On Monday, the Pajaro Valley UniFed School District announced the app will be available for students and families within the district for free. The app, branded locally as “Paso a Paso, Creciendo Juntos,” or Step by Step, Growing Together, was created for children as young as 9 months and up through third grade. It provides more than 1,000 eBooks in English and Spanish, educational games and activities, and creative writing opportunities on devices such as smartphones, tablets and computers."

Osceola County families invited to first Reading Fest

November 13, 2017

"The Osceola Reads literacy initiative will host the free family event, Osceola Reads Reading Fest 2017, Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kissimmee Lakefront Park. Families with children ages 2 through 5 are invited to bring smart devices to practice reading using Footsteps2Brilliance, compete in reading-themed yard games and enter for a chance to win an Amazon Fire tablet."

Mineola Students Take On 9 Million Word Challenge

November 15, 2017

"From Mineola Union Free School District: ( In a press conference on Nov. 14, the Mineola Union Free School District announced that it would accept the Read2Succeed Communitywide Early Literacy Initiative 9 Million Word Challenge. The challenge is open to all students within the Mineola community, including those who are not yet school age, and aims at improving early literacy skills"

Investment in Early Learning in Napa Valley

September 24, 2017

"In the Early Learning Initiative, children sponsored by the NVV are fortunate to attend high-quality preschools operated by the Napa County Office of Education at Napa Junction, Shearer, and Phillips Elementary Schools. More than 400 children in 23 public preschool classes across Napa County are learning rich vocabulary on a daily basis through collaborative play, teacher-led discussions, and an award-winning app called “Footsteps2Brilliance,” which exposes preschoolers to stories and games in English and Spanish."

A Historic Literacy Effort in California Brings Personalized Learning to English Language Learners

May 25, 2017

"“At that moment, it occurred to me he was going to go to kindergarten with kids who didn’t speak English,” she tells The 74. “That disparity was daunting, but it was more of an observation that gnawed at me.”
Two decades later, Nemko was able to turn that observation into action, partnering with Ilene Rosenthal, CEO of Footsteps2Brilliance, to bring a version of digital early learning literacy to students in Napa County."

Pajaro Valley Unified School District Press Release

September 12, 2017

PVUSD Gives the Gift of Reading to the Community through Paso a Paso, Creciendo Juntos, Step by Step, Growing Together Early Literacy Initiative

Superintendent Dr. Michelle Rodriguez is thrilled to introduce Footsteps 2 Brilliance (F2B) and to invite its entire community to be a part of this early literacy initiative. On Sunday, September 17, PVUSD will be participating at the City of Watsonville Fiestas Patrias event where we will be introducing Paso a Paso, Creciendo Juntos/Step by Step, Growing Together (Paso a Paso), the District’s efforts to ensure our students are reading at grade level by 3rd grade

‘Read with Me’ program making strides in Incline

August 31, 2017

"The Footsteps2Brilliance program is used by school districts across California with very positive results, particularly for families who speak Spanish in the home as the entire F2B program can switch from English to Spanish with the touch of one button, allowing students to develop biliteracy skills. We anticipate positive results from our students' interaction with F2B over the coming months"

Reading program far surpasses 3 million-page goal

August 5, 2017

"The San Benito County Office of Education embarked on a 3-million-word challenge at its Literacy Summit in May when it kicked off the Footsteps2Brilliance program. This summer, it has far surpassed that goal, with 15,622 books read through Aug. 5 — nearly 5.6 million words.

"The purpose of the 3-million-word challenge was to work with our families to ensure our kids across the county continued to read during the summer. Literacy is arguably the most crucial factor in determining whether a student will succeed in school and beyond," County Superintendent of Schools Krystal Lomanto told BenitoLink."


JUNE 26, 2017

"The Center for Digital Education 2017 Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Awards recognized the ground-breaking work by small, medium and large school districts. Dr. Barbara Nemko, Superintendent of Napa County, received one of these coveted awards for her DEL (Digital Early Literacy) program. Core to this program is the Footsteps2Brilliance mobile early literacy apps."

Fitchburg library party to launch summer reading program

June 29, 2017

"Through the Fitchburg Flourishes initiative, Ravenelle has challenged Fitchburg students to read three million words by Sept. 1, 2017, using the free Footsteps2Brilliance app. Kelly will demonstrate the app for families with visual, hands-on tech activities during the party.

With students having read almost 2.5 million words so far, Ravenelle recently joked at a School Committee meeting that he may need to raise the bar."

Rialto school district launches free mobile app to boost literacy

April 26, 2017

"Rialto Unified School District wants to build a community of readers and lifelong learners, and now, there’s an app for that.

The district, in partnership with Washington D.C.-based literacy company Footsteps2Brilliance, unveiled a new bilingual English and Spanish Early Literacy Initiative Tuesday morning at Garcia Elementary..."


My students, their parents, and myself as the teacher LOVE this program. Students are so excited about using this program and beg for class time to log on and work. I love it because they are excited about it and have access to so many books at home. I also love it because they can write their own books. They send their books to me through email and then they read them to the class on the Activboard. Words cannot express how exciting it is to receive an email on the weekend or on a day when you are sick and not at school and you know your students are working on something which will increase their reading and writing skills. While they do not use complete sentences all of the time, this offers wonderful opportunities for teachable moments as we read the books together. Thank you for such an awesome program. I was not aware this program existed until I found out our district had purchased it, but I became an instant fan! 🙂


Grayson County, Caneyville Elementary

WTXL: Tech Smart - Thomasville City School Early Literacy Launch

April 7, 2017

"The City of Thomasville set to launch their new early literacy initiative helping provide easier access to educational tools for area kids.

Through Thomasville City Schools, 'Footsteps2Brilliance' aims to create equity and opportunity to address the 30 million word gap that 45% of high poverty children entering school have as compared to their more affluent peers."

Recognition received from Richard Woods, Georgia's School Superintendent​​

April 13, 2017

“It is incredibly important for students to read proficiently by third grade, and providing access to books is an essential piece of that puzzle. This is something that continues to be a major focus for us at the state level, and I commend you on the work you are doing in your community.”

Recognition from US Senator David Perdue

April 13, 2017

“Congratulations to you and to Footsteps2Brillance on your partnership to end illiteracy in the Thomasville City School System. As a son of two teachers, I greatly admire those who dedicate their lives to the fulfilling endeavor of teaching our state and nation's youth.”

Recognition received from Georgia Governor Nathan Deal

April 13, 2017

“You play an important role in the advancement of Georgia through your dedication and hard work in education. I appreciate the many contributions you have made to our state through your partnership with Footsteps2Brilliance, encouraging literacy in our schools and communities. I believe that we are stronger because of your dedicated efforts. ”

Recognition received from Representative Austin Scott

April 13, 2017

“I would like to congratulate you on your new partnership and efforts to improve literacy in the Thomasville City School System. I would also like to commend you, Dr. Boykins-Everett, on your bold challenge to the school system and community to read 1,000,000 words by the end of the 2016-17 school year. ”

Recognition received from Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson

April 13, 2017

“I appreciate all efforts to encourage greater literacy, and l cannot think of anything more important than inspiring children to read. Completing this challenge is a great example of what hard work and dedication can accomplish.”

Recognition received from Representative Darlene Taylor

April 13, 2017

“WHEREAS, Dr. Sabrina Boykins-Everett has been dedicated to providing continuing innovation in education and with Footsteps2Brilliance brings valuable resources to the students and community of Thomasville, Georgia; and
WHEREAS, it is abundantly fitting and proper to recognize the contributions of this extraordinary partnership... ”

Building bridges to literacy with Footsteps2Brilliance

April 5, 2017

"This transformative literacy effort supports the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Students. Through this initiative, the San Benito County Office of Education (SBCOE) has partnered with Footsteps2Brilliance, Inc., the creators of an early learning mobile technology platform that enables San Benito County to provide – free of charge – libraries of eBooks, educational games and activities, and creative writing opportunities to every family with 0- to 5-year-olds and Pre-K through third grade students who reside within San Benito County."

Digital app helps to boost vocabulary of English learners in Napa preschools

March 23, 2017

"The program began as a pilot with 16 English learners and is based on an app called “Footsteps2Brilliance,” which is a tool that teaches children vocabulary sounds, letters and words through interactive books, songs and games that are available in Spanish and English on the app. The app was developed through Footsteps2Brilliance, Inc., an early-learning technology company located in Washington D.C. Napa County provides the app free to anyone with a Napa County zip code through a partnership with Napa Learns, an education nonprofit organization."

Footsteps2Brilliance receives a PUSD Strategic Partner in Education Award

March 20, 2017

"In Honor of your invaluable service and support of the implementation of Pomona Unified School District's Promise of Excellence Strategic Plan"

Testimonial - Michael West, Colusa County Superintendent of Schools

"In looking at our SRI inventories at the end of the school year and the beginning of the following year; I found that students who utilized the Footsteps2Brilliance during the summer reading program whose Lexile was BR (beginning readers) improved their Lexile scores ranging from 90 up to 195 when they took the SRI Inventory again in the Fall.

Also, an interesting side note: Many students who did NOT utilize the summer reading program who fall under the at risk band had decreased Lexile scores in the Fall.

Good stuff!!

Staci deWit, Elementary Principal from Maxwell Unified "

This is “terrific stuff” and it is a beginning of many to come about how successful Footsteps2Brilliance can be!  These results are gathered during the summer reading program which is a voluntary offering for Maxwell!!

Michael P. West
Superintendent of Schools
Colusa County Office of Education

March 8 2017

Footsteps2Brilliance program marks one year with readiness gains in Osceola

March 1, 2017

"After one year of being able to log into a free reading and phonics application, more Osceola County kindergartners are starting their school careers at the starting line, rather than far behind it. That was the report from Osceola Reads, which has partnered with the School District of Osceola to bring Footsteps2Brilliance, a mobile literacy app geared for pre-kindergarten through third-grade students."

Footsteps2Brilliance celebrates anniversary

February 21, 2017

"The result was a new initiative, Osceola Reads, and its mobile literacy app, Footsteps2Brilliance, geared for pre-kindergarten through third-grade students.

Thanks to the app, this year 33 percent of Osceola kindergarten students were prepared for their first day, showing early success for the five-year reading initiative aimed to increase the literacy rate throughout the county."

Thomasville Times Enterprise: City superintendent discusses literacy program with city council

February 9, 2017

"Boykins-Everett presented Footsteps2Brilliance to Thomasville City Council members, pointing out the program's status of being the first in the state will focus attention on the city." - Englewood school introduces literacy program

January 31, 2017

"The Donald A. Quarles Early Childhood Center introduced a new literacy program to parents on Monday, which helps children learn to read with a computer application and games."


January 4, 2017

"It often takes us a day to do one page in a Footsteps2brillance book and most books take weeks to work through, but it is so worth it. Students are thriving. They are engaged in their learning and learning to read at a much faster rate. This is because skills are intertwined and revelant, and they are interested and engaged. They are thinking interactive little people and no longer “my pupils”. I can never go back to older methods of teaching after seeing where the technology road has led me."

Kathy Jacoby

The Grayson Record - Footsteps2Brilliance aims to bridge ''word gap'

December 16, 2016

"Footsteps2Brilliance is designed to combat the “word gap,” she said. Studies indicate children who aren’t read to when young can develop as much as a 30 million word gap in their vocabularies. And students who aren’t proficient readers by third grade generally face academic challenges as they move through school, and are more at risk for dropping out and failing to graduate high school."

Fitchburg, MA schools out to close reading gap with Footsteps2Brilliance

December 21, 2016

"Only a few hundred preschool students in the city have access to a reading and vocabulary program aimed at closing the gap between low-income students and their more affluent peers, according to the district's top administrator. But several grants accepted by the School Committee Monday night will open up the program, Footsteps2Brilliance, to not only other students in the school district, but the community as a whole, said Fitchburg Schools Superintendent Andre Ravenelle on Tuesday."

Footsteps2Brilliance is used to improve early literacy in Grayson County, KY

December 10, 2016

"The Grayson County Board of Education heard a presentation Thursday evening concerning a new program which is designed to increase literacy in children from birth through the third grade.

Catherine DeRosa, Director of Curriculum & Implementation for Footsteps 2 Brilliance, made the presentation to the board, explaining that the program will be available to all children in Grayson County, not just those who are enrolled in schools in the county."

San Benito County Office of Education to launch Footsteps2Brilliance

December 06, 2016

"The San Benito County Office of Education (SBCOE) announced that it is introducing the Footsteps2Brilliance literacy program across the county. Theprogram will allow families of children through third grade to access an array of interactive, fun and engaging ebooks, games, and activities with the goal that all students will be able to read at grade level by the third grade."

The Santa Clara Weekly: Early Learning Literacy Innovation Summit Takes Place at Briarwood Elementary School

November 2nd, 2016

"Through the Rising Readers initiative, all Santa Clara families, whether or not they’re enrolled in the SCUSD...will have free access to this award winning Footsteps2Brilliance early learning app in English and in Spanish"

New Jersey 101.5: NJ school district’s app lets parents access entire curriculum

October 28th, 2016

"In a first-of-its-kind move in the Garden State, the Englewood Public School District is paying for an app that will get kids learning even before they’re old enough to enroll. The app, expected to launch in January, is being specially designed to line up with the material taught in Englewood schools. Anyone in town can download the app, free of charge, and their young children can have immediate access to activities that line up with the district’s curriculum, in English or Spanish languages."

Thursday, October 26th, 2016

Napa County is spreading the word about Footsteps2Brilliance! They are using local busses to encourage the community to download Footsteps2Brilliance and use it with their early learners.

Departments of Education and Health and Human Services Release First Joint Policy Brief on Use of Technology with Young Children

October 21st, 2016

"The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services today released a policy brief on the use of technology with early learners to help families and early educators implement active, meaningful and socially interactive learning. The brief includes a call to action for researchers and technology developers, highlighting topics for further research and encouraging the development of research-based products."

Pomona USD is reading for the record!

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Anytime from 9 - 11 AM

"Pomona USD is hosting a Footsteps2Brilliance Kickoff Rally to get all early learners reading toward their goal of a half BILLION words!"

Englewood residents to get access to app aimed at narrowing word gap

October 12th, 2016

"A smartphone and tablet app called Footsteps2Brilliance aims to narrow what education researchers call the 30 million word gap, and will be available for free to anyone in the city starting next year."

NJ School District to Roll Out Literacy App

October 11th, 2016

"EPSD selected Footsteps2Brilliance, a literacy app for pre-K–3 grade students, as part of a city-wide initiative to boost literacy. Its bilingual curriculum contains more than 1,000 interactive books, songs and games, offered in English and Spanish."

More than 2,000 register for Footsteps2brilliance

September 26th, 2016

"Since formally introducing Footsteps2Brilliance, a literacy app for pre-kindergarten through third grade students, in February, more than 2,000 county families have registered.

The School District, Education Foundation Osceola, the cities of Kissimmee and St. Cloud and Osceola County joined forces to bring the application, which can be accessed through a traditional computer or any mobile device to parents and students-to-be to enforce reading and phonics to young children."

Overcoming a poverty of words, Covington kids improve skills with free web-based literacy program

September 22nd, 2016

"The program’s impact was immediate and evident. Covington Independent Schools Assistant Superintendent Charlene Ball says that when they launched the program they set a goal for a million words to be read."

NPR ED - Surprise! Amid Rising Inequality, One School Gap Is Narrowing

August 28, 2016

"But a study just out shows that the gap in school readiness between rich and poor children entering kindergarten closed significantly — by 10 to 16 percent — from 1998 to 2010. Some ethnic/racial achievement gaps declined as well."

Pomona Unified literacy ‘app’ up and running with first year goal of reading one billion words!

May 26, 2016

"The roll-out – which took the program districtwide for the first time following a successful pilot program – was held at Pomona’s Lincoln Elementary School to introduce Footsteps2Brilliance, an early learning technology company based inWashington, D.C. The company’s “app” targets prekindergarten
through third grade but is available to everyone – even adults and adult English learners – to improve literacy skills."

66% of school admins report concern for ELL students

May 16, 2016

"To address the inequity faced by impoverished immigrant children who grow up hearing 30 million fewer spoken words than their more affluent peers, the Napa County Office of Education piloted a multilingual interactive digital platform called Footsteps2Brilliance with preschool students, seeing English language skills increase by 250%."

How little kids in Pomona got their hands on high tech

May 04, 2016

"Pomona Unified is one of 12 school districts statewide to access the Footsteps2Brilliance Early Learning Literacy App for free. The app contains more than 1,000 children’s books, nursery rhymes, songs, educational games and other resources parents can use with their children from birth to second grade to develop literacy skills.

The materials in the app are particularly useful in helping low-income children develop vocabulary and other literacy skills."

How Pomona Unified is helping low-income preschoolers bridge ‘30-million word gap’

April 24, 2016

"The program is the modern-day version of grandma’s lap — a grandma with an extensive library. Called the Early Learning Literacy App by Footsteps2Brilliance, it’s loaded with more than a 1,000 children’s books, nursery rhymes, songs, educational games and more.

Across the country, educators are recommending it, targeting low-income families who may speak 30 million fewer words to their children than affluent parents by age 3 — what they call the “30 million-word gap.”"

Napa County Office of Education Digital Early Learning Program Receives Statewide Recognition

April 5, 2016

"The Napa County Office of Education innovative Digital Early Learning (DEL) program has received the 2016 “Partners in Educational Excellence Award” from the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA)."

Pomona Unified to roll out innovative literacy program using cellphone app

March 31, 2016

"The school district will “flip the switch” for the program at a news conference scheduled for May 4 that will introduce the school district’s partner in the project, Footsteps2Brilliance, Inc., an early learning (pre-kindergarten through third grade) technology company based in Washington, D.C."

Burning a path to Literacy - Antelope Valley Press

March 31, 2016

"Palmdale School District's Palmdale Promise: Early Learning Literacy Initiative seeks to have all children in the city reading at grade level by third grade with the aid of the citywide Footsteps2Brilliance reading program."

Pomona Unified School District Press Release

March 28, 2016

"Pomona Superintendent unveils proactive blueprint to facilitate early literacy for children throughout school district's entire service area. Pomona Unified School District (PUSD) is set to debut its Early Learning Literacy Innovation Summit on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Lincoln Elementary School
1200 North Gordon Street,
Pomona, CA 91766"

App aims to Improve Literacy at Frankfort Independent Schools

March 22, 2016

"The app is designed to keep families engaged in their child’s learning from any mobile device (Apple, Android, Kindle Fire) or traditional computer. Teachers in all Second Street School classes can track student progress through the application in order to tailor instruction to their individual needs."

"Literacy Emergency" Declared in Frankfort

March 22, 2016

"That’s why May and others joined Barber Tuesday to unveil a community-wide effort to better combat reading deficiencies through technology. Specifically, it’s an app called Footsteps2Brilliance that uses songs, animation and narratives to engage readers on SmartPhones, iPads and other mobile devices."

IBM, INCubatoredu, Footsteps2Brilliance, Join Office Depot to Create 21st Century Learning Environment

March 08, 2016

"At the conference, Office Depot, Inc. will present in the SXSWedu Playground, an exciting learning space built to fuel innovation and discovery, where attendees can explore everything from early literacy platforms to high-impact learning environments... Highlights of this experience include a personalized engagement platform for educators from IBM; early literacy mobile applications from Footsteps2Brilliance; high school entrepreneurship competitions designed by INCubatoredu; as well as makerspace student simulations, 3D printing, and more."

Parent Training for Footsteps2Brilliance: Jump start your child's literacy skills

March 13, 2016

"Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year all Newport children ages 3 to third grade will have an exciting opportunity to jumpstart their literacy skills. Footsteps2Brilliance is a mobile literacy technology that can be accessed using any smart phone, tablet, iPad or computer."

Fox35 Orlando: Literacy app helping local preschoolers learn how to read

March 10, 2016

"Because Footsteps2Brilliance is able to play the word in English and then switch to Spanish she was able to go back and forth and identify at her own level, at her own speed," stated Brown in reference to a student learning English.

Osceola School District Launches Free Mobile Pre-K App

March 2, 2016

"The School District, Education Foundation Osceola, the cities of Kissimmee and St. Cloud and Osceola County have joined forces to bring a new digital application to parents and students-to-be to enforce reading and phonics to young children."

Closing the 30 million word gap

February 22, 2016

"Five years ago, the Napa County Office of Education piloted the use of Footsteps2Brilliance, a digital platform for building early literacy skills, with a small group of preschool students. "

"I love what we've done"

February 11, 2016

"...when Luciano said she heard that one in seven children reaching school age weren’t prepared for kindergarten, the district acted and created, a portal to Footsteps2Brilliance, a literacy program geared for age 4 and under. "

Why Footsteps2Brilliance is Amazing

by Kathryn Jacoby
February 4, 2016

"People ask what is different about this program. What’s different is it works with any age. I have personally used it with 2 year olds up to 8 year olds; all of them love it. They use it at different levels with different understandings, but I have seen 3 year olds sounding out words after being on it for just a few months. Students love to do it. "

Footsteps2Brilliance Program a Hit!

January 25, 2016

"The Footsteps2Brilliance program engages students. They are excited to use the electronic tablets to perform the exercises and games and ultimately publish their own words. I see students accessing vocabulary and using it sooner and with more frequency and precision than before."

Kentucky School Boards Association: City schools taking Footsteps to literacy

January 24, 2016

"This is a really strong attempt to improve literacy before kids ever enter our schools. It's a really good opportunity. But it doesn't replace books or parents reading to their children."

Florida Education Matters: Accelerating Early Literacy in Osceola

January 5, 2016

"Literacy is the key to learning. Footsteps2Brilliance will provide a gateway for all of our Osceola County early learners, from cradle and beyond, to develop the skills and self confidence they need to succeed in kindergarten."

Superintendent Melba Luciano

Footsteps2Brilliance For Manassas City Elementary Schools

January 5, 2016

"At schools such as Jennie Dean Elementary, students attend preschool two days a week and continue their lessons at home with their parents with free bilingual mobile literacy software called Footsteps2Brilliance. "

Eliminating the Achievement Gap

December 2, 2015

Using a community-wide approach, an early childhood literacy program is helping all children, including underserved and ELL students, learn the language fundamentals needed to succeed in school.

California County Superintendents Educational Services Association's Spotlight on Footsteps2Brilliance ® .

November 20, 2015

"The good news is that programs such as Footsteps2Brilliance at the Napa County Office of Education are helping bridge the divide..."

Footsteps2Brilliance Invited to White House to Celebrate Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

October 14, 2015

The White House has nationally recognized Footsteps2Brilliance for the work that it is doing to increase literacy for pre-k-K through 3rd grade students…