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Ready For Learning

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Help 70,000+ Local Children
Be Ready To Learn in 2022!

The Need.

No matter what learning looks like, student development is still happening everywhere and kids will always need supplies to feel empowered and ready to learn. Our Ready for Learning initiative promotes an equitable education system and empowers children to feel safe, valued, and ready to learn. We distribute age-appropriate, critical learning supplies and other items necessary for a new school year, such as clothing, shoes, and hygiene items. We believe that learning should be accessible to all children—no matter what.

Why this matters.

  • 88% of teachers say that poverty is one of the top obstacles to students’ success.
  • 1 in 2 American households reports some employment or income loss since the pandemic began, making the average American household spending an average of $320 a year on school supplies more unrealistic and unaffordable than ever.
  • Chronic absenteeism is highly correlated with high school dropout rates, making it critical for the young students we serve to be equipped with the essentials to stay engaged.
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Support the Ready for Learning Initiative


Backpack-A-Thon is back! Get your company involved!

Our signature Ready for Learning corporate event returns this year. Gather a group of colleagues and join us at our Giving Factory in Newton from August 2 to August 6 and help fill thousands of backpacks with school supplies, alongside other volunteers, so that local kids are ready on the first day of school for a year of learning. 

Providing essential learning supplies to kids requires support. For more information on how your company can join our effort, please contact Robin Elliott at relliott@cradlestocrayons.org.
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Make a Personal Donation!

Cradles to Crayons needs your support to help get thousands of local children prepared to learn and dressed for success! Just $33 will provide one child with head-to-toe essentials: backpack with school supplies, seasonal clothing, shoes, hygiene products, books, and more.
Click here to make your donation today!


Thank You to our Generous Supporters









Analog Devices  •  Boston Investment Professionals  •  The Maximus Charitable Foundation


A.I.M. Mutual Insurance Companies  •  Agero  •  Eversource Energy  •  KPMG  •  Village Bank  •  Zebra Technologies


360PR+  •  AEW Capital Management L.P.  •  Akuna Capital LLC  •  ALKU  •  Alnylam Pharmaceuticals  •  Barings  •  CNA  •  Charles River Apparel  •  Eastern Bank  •  Granite Telecommunications  •  Harvard Business School  •  Hilco Redevelopment Partners  •  M&T Bank  •  Mimecast  •  PNC Bank  •  Retail Business Services, LLC

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