Impact Story

Polk County Literacy Resource Directory

Long-Term Outcomes

  • Improve High School Graduation
  • Improve College & Career Readiness

The Polk Vision Literacy Team leads a community-wide effort to distribute a comprehensive Literacy Resource Directory for families, counselors, teachers, and other care providers.  The Directory includes resources such as tutoring, story-time, after-school and summer recreation opportunities, local libraries, theaters, and even adult education. 

The Literacy Directory will provide a “one-stop-shop” of all the literacy resource providers across Polk County serving students PK-12.

In the Fall of 2017, the Polk Vision Literacy Team completed the 1st edition of the Literacy Resource Directory with both English and Spanish versions. The Literacy Resource Directory is updated annually in November. The latest edition will always be available here on our website.  In 2023, a 36-page printed 7th edition was distributed to early learning providers throughout Polk County, Florida.  To request a copy or to be listed in the next edition as a provider, please contact us at  This project was funded through a grant from the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation. 

With this broad support for literacy in our communities, in addition to the availability of the Literacy Resource Directory, we look to positively impact test scores as well as the overall success of Polk County’s children in school and in life.

Lindsay Persohn, Ph.D., Professor, USF

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