Since 2011, Reading out of Poverty is the only non-profit organisation in Victoria with a sole focus on providing early literacy skills and school preparedness for children aged 0-5 years from disadvantaged background.

Our Mission

We promote the importance of literacy in the early years and provide literacy resources and services to families and children from low socio-economic backgrounds; including migrants, refugees, and indigenous individuals in Victoria.

Our Vision

A Victoria where children from all cultures, genders, and backgrounds can acquire literacy skills and quality education to reach their full potential and contribute to the community and the world.

Our goals

  • Enhance literacy skills among the children we support.
  • Create and maintain a love for and a habit of reading within families and communities in Victoria.
  • Create awareness within the communities about the importance of early literacy development.
  • Reduce the gap between children from a disadvantaged background and their wealthier peers.
  • Train parents to support their children in their learning.
  • Seek learning opportunities for children.

Our impact

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Being literate is the key to accessing, interpreting and processing information around us. Targeting the years 0-5 is vital in creating an understanding of our complex language system.

Developing a love of play and reading from an early age feeds a child’s natural curiosity with learning. Being exposed to developmental play and storytelling are the very basic foundations of literacy and language progression. It is the key to academic success that can assist in breaking the cycle of poverty. 


Too many Victorian children are entering the school system either illiterate or with extremely low literacy skills. Many low-income earners struggle to afford books for their children, widening the literacy gap between children from a low socioeconomic background and those of higher income status.

Lack of literacy skills can cause low academic performance across all curriculum areas, spanning a child’s entire school life. If children are not supported in their literacy journey it can feed into an unbreakable cycle of poverty.

meet our team

Andrew Kay
Paula Rico
Program Coordinator
Andrea Gualteros
Program Leader
Karime Tepos
Graphic Design Intern
Carlos Vallejo
IT Support
Maria Rojas
Program Coordinator
Diana Baquero
Administrative Volunteer
Antonella Di Fiori
Program Coordinator

Committee of Management

Darryn Keneally
Managing Director,
Janico Pty. Ltd.
Angelica Correa
Project Coordinator, Refuge of Hope Inc.
Paula Londono
Early Childhood Literacy Specialist
Andrew Kay
Executive Director
John Steward
Community Development Manager,
Mornington Peninsula

Our Patron

Linda Dessau
Her Excellency the Honourable AO Governor of Victoria

Our Friends and Supporters

Aussie Farmers Foundation, Australia Post, Australian Catholic University, Australian Government, Awesome Foundation, Bank of Melbourne,
Bank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund, Besen Family Foundation, Best Start,
Blue Autumn Copy, City of Greater Dandenong The Pierce Armstrong Foundation, Cloverdale Community Centre, Collier Charitable Fund, Dandenong Community Hub network, Dandenong Hospital (Paediatric, Maternity & Emergency Wards), Dandenong South Kindergarten, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Edward Wilson Estate, Eleanor Curtain Publishing, Equity Trustees,
Foundation of Graduates in Early Childhood Studies, Harold Mitchell Foundation, Inger Rice Foundation, Live Literate by E.S. Karl., Mavis and Graeme Waters Charitable Trust, Minter Ellison, Norman,
Nourish Foods, Perpetual Trustees, Peter William Trust Fund, Reading Foundation,
Ren Barlow, The Andrews Foundation, The Calvert-Jones Foundation, The City of Casey,
The Estate of the Late GWA Griffith, The Geoff and Helen Handbury Foundation, The Hazel Peat Charitable Trust, The Little Yellow Dance Spot, The Marin Flack Trust, The Rali Foundation, The Ray & Joyce Uebergang Foundation, The Salvation Army, Transurban, Urban Seed, Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative, Victorian Department of Education and Training, Victorian Women’s Trust, Viva Energy, Westpac Community Foundation, Whitehorse Community Chest, ExLibris a ProQuest Company, Mary MacKillop Today, ISPT Super Property, Bendigo Bank.