In light of the current pandemic and quarantine, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation is reaching out to families all over the world offering educational and recreational tools to help children, parents and caregivers create meaningful moments and keep academic goals on track.
The Foundation’s ad-free online children’s literacy program, Storyline Online®, includes a digital library of 57 read alouds by top Hollywood talent who engage young viewers with their animated interpretations of historic, adventurous and fantastical tales that promote imagination and inclusion.
The Storyline Online® cast of readers includes Oprah Winfrey, Rami Malek, Viola Davis, Allison Janney, Chris Pine, Kristen Bell, Justin Theroux, Michelle Yeoh, Marc Maron and more, who have volunteered their time and talent to promote literacy and inspire a love of reading in children pre-K – 4th grade. The program also provides supplemental activity guides aligned to Common Core Standards, which means that whether children are in a classroom with a teacher or at home with a parent or caregiver, every young reader has access to a full range of educational possibilities.
The Emmy®-nominated and award-winning Storyline Online® is endorsed by the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO and the American Association of School Librarians. All 57 stories stream at no cost to children, parents, and educators worldwide, receiving over 15 million views monthly.
“These iconic entertainers are much more than just talented actors,” said SAG-AFTRA Foundation President Courtney B. Vance. “They are parents, neighbors, and community members who understand the strain many households are under during these uncertain times. We hope these educational tools can bring a smile and support to families all around the world.”
“We are so proud that these wonderfully talented artists have given their time to promote literacy and inspire a love of reading for kids all around the world," said Cyd Wilson, SAG-AFTRA Foundation Executive Director. “We are thrilled to make this content available to parents as well as any organization that can help share these wonderful stories.”
During this time of rapid change and uncertainty, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation is stepping up its efforts to make Storyline Online’s educational tools more visible to those in need of support, posting daily videos and activity guides on its social media channels.
Any help spreading this message will ensure that no parents or caregivers are left without at least some educational resources for their children during the upcoming weeks of quarantine. The SAG-AFTRA Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and relies on gifts, grants and donations to produce Storyline Online. Donations can be made at storylineonline.net/donate to help produce more educational videos and content for the site.
ABOUT STORYLINE ONLINE®
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy program Storyline Online® is a digital library featuring the world’s best storytellers reading children’s books aloud alongside creatively produced illustrations. An ad-free site, each video includes an activity guide aimed at strengthening comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners worldwide. Storyline Online receives over 100 million views annually and is endorsed by the American Federation of Teachers and the American Association of School Librarians. A program of the nonprofit SAG-AFTRA Foundation, Storyline Online relies on the support of gifts, grants and donations. Visit storylineonline.net.
ABOUT THE SAG-AFTRA FOUNDATION
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides vital assistance and free educational programming to the professionals of SAG-AFTRA while serving the public at large through its award-winning children’s literacy program Storyline Online®. The Foundation relies solely on support from gifts, grants and sponsorships to maintain its free programs. For more information, visit sagaftra.foundation.