Interview with Murray Bass


Tools of Learning for Children was born out of a successful attempt by two friends to find learning tools to assist a 6th grade dyslexic child overcome the inability to learn to read in a conventional learning environment. The research suggested that phonetic awareness was and is an effective tool for all children. The friends then found the tool they were looking for; "Learning  Dynamics Reading". They then enlisted four families with a preschool aged child and provided them with "the tool" and monitored the children's success in learning to read. The outcome was successful with all four children enjoying and learning the fundamentals for reading readiness. The friends then set on a course to provide the phonetic program, "Learning  Dynamics Reading" to any and all preschools in their area at no or low cost.

In 2001 they created a fund with the Solano Community Foundation as their fiscal sponsor and commenced raising money to make their mission a reality. In 2007 Tools of Learning for Children became a qualified 501c3 non-profit agency and established a permanent Board of Directors all dedicated volunteers. We take pride in knowing that 99% of the funds raised is used to provide these essential tools to children.

Through sponsorships and fundraising in the community the Organization has continued to expand its reach and currently provides "Front Line Phonics" to 23 preschools across Solano and Yolo Counties and The Solano County Adult School and serves approximately 2500 students annually.

Cost of materials to Tools of Learning for Children is initially $50.00 per child. On going cost per child is $15.00. Our total annual cost at present is $47,000.00.

Tools of Learning for Children is currently developing a similar tool for math and numbers awareness to augment the tools available to offer our participating schools.




Liberia classroom

   Tools of Learning for Children World Wide participation in helping children. Click on the photo for a short video on the our Liberia project.


Check out these links for more about KEEP and Tools of Learning

Video with Director of KEEP Brenda Moore