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Expanding Our Impact from Birth Through Grade 8

Collaborative Classroom and FluentSeeds Announce Merger

Alameda, California [JANUARY 8, 2024] — Today, Collaborative Classroom and FluentSeeds announce a merger into a single nonprofit organization to serve educators and other adults responsible for nurturing children’s language, literacy, and social and emotional learning from birth through grade 8.

With this merger, Collaborative Classroom is uniquely positioned to provide seamless support for children from birth through early childhood and beyond, ensuring kindergarten readiness and long-term academic success.

With this merger, Collaborative Classroom is uniquely positioned to provide seamless support for children from birth through early childhood and beyond, ensuring kindergarten readiness and long-term academic success.

Collaborative Classroom’s evidence-based literacy and social and emotional learning programs and professional learning serve students and educators in grades K–8, with some programs extending through grades 9–12. Collaborative Classroom is one of the largest education nonprofits in the country, supporting educators in all 50 states in over 1,000 school districts. 

FluentSeeds supports adults, including parents, family and community members, child care providers, and other educators, with ©SEEDS of Learning, a rigorously-researched and proven set of literacy and social and emotional frameworks for children from birth through age 5. FluentSeeds currently serves more than 4,000 adults and 30,000 children in a variety of environments including home, community child care, pre-kindergarten, transitional kindergarten, and K–2.

On a daily basis, the merged organization already impacts nearly 2 million children across the nation.

Collaborative Classroom President and CEO Kelly Stuart says, “Bringing FluentSeeds into the Collaborative Classroom family of programs is especially exciting because it allows us to support children throughout their earliest years—a long-term goal of our organization. We know how crucial the first five years are for children’s social, emotional, and early literacy development. FluentSeeds’ expertise and offerings perfectly position us to serve even more children.”

Stuart adds, “Collaborative Classroom’s and FluentSeeds’ instructionally aligned and consistent, research-based frameworks are already used together with great success in schools and districts across the country. Recently, The Oakland REACH released a study on the impact of their tutoring programs that utilize SEEDS and our SIPPS® program. We are confident this merger will impact children from the beginning of their literacy journey and ensure their success as confident, fluent readers.” 

“Bringing FluentSeeds into the Collaborative Classroom family of programs is especially exciting because it allows us to support children throughout their earliest years—a long-term goal of our organization.” –Kelly Stuart, Collaborative Classroom President and CEO

FluentSeeds Executive Director Kate Horst says, “The gift of SEEDS and its impact on early literacy and social-emotional development will continue to spread in an ever-widening circle, thanks to Collaborative Classroom’s mission, people, programs, and professional learning. Their deep literacy expertise and commitments to evidence and impact align with our strong foundations of birth to kindergarten professional development and SEEDS quality interactions. We are delighted to bring our FluentSeeds staff, friends, and partnerships into Collaborative Classroom’s excellent programming and far-reaching impact.”

“[Collaborative Classroom’s] deep literacy expertise and commitments to evidence and impact align with our strong foundations of birth to kindergarten professional development and SEEDS quality interactions.” —Kate Horst, Executive Director of FluentSeeds

The merged organization will operate under the banner of Collaborative Classroom, and Kelly Stuart will continue to serve as President and CEO.

FluentSeeds’ Executive Director, Kate Horst, will serve as both a senior advisor and a member of the Collaborative Classroom Board of Trustees.

Susan Wally, Chair of the Collaborative Classroom Board of Trustees, says, “On behalf of the entire board, I want to welcome Kate Horst to our board and share our excitement and optimism as Collaborative Classroom expands its ability to support young learners through this merger with FluentSeeds.”

Wally continues, “These two extraordinary organizations share a commitment to helping all those who teach and support young learners to access high-impact, evidence-based strategies and quality resources. We look forward to using our combined expertise and expanded scale to build vital literacy and social-emotional skills for our youngest children, as well as those who have already begun their K–12 journey.”

About Collaborative Classroom

Collaborative Classroom is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization committed to ensuring that all students become readers, writers, and thinkers who learn from, care for, and respect one another. 

Collaborative Classroom’s evidence-based programs help children develop as proficient readers and writers, appreciate the ideas and opinions of others, learn to agree and disagree respectfully, think critically about big ideas, and become responsible citizens of the world.

Our commitment to continuous, embedded professional learning empowers educators to grow their teaching practices, build school community, and create the conditions for authentic, student-centered learning.

Since the organization’s founding in 1980, our work has reached more than 8 million students and 328,000 teachers in classrooms across the country, developing fluent readers and skilled writers, supporting instructional equity, transforming discipline practices, and bolstering student and teacher engagement. Learn more at collaborativeclassroom.org.

About FluentSeeds

Our mission is to ensure kindergarten readiness so all children will be fluent readers by grade 3 using the proven five essential components of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. FluentSeeds emphasizes ongoing, consistent, and rigorous program evaluation and implementation supports to measure and improve impact for the adults and children we serve.

Our programs are used in a variety of environments including home, community, child care, pre-kindergarten, transitional kindergarten, and K–2. Learn more at fluentseeds.org


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Media Contact: Miki Terasawa
Director of Marketing
Collaborative Classroom
mterasawa@collaborativeclassroom.org