Founded in 2001, The Little Bit Foundation (www.thelittlebitfoundation.org) is a leader in breaking down barriers to learning for at-risk children in the St. Louis area by providing for their basic needs. We will serve 9,000 students in 31 partner schools over the next year. In every school, Little Bit serves as the convener of programs and services that support district and school performance goals and address the needs of the whole child. We do this by marshaling resources and specialized providers, when necessary, and working one-on-one with each child to support his or her personal care, classroom readiness, reading proficiency, and health and wellness. The results are positive personal growth and increased self-esteem in students impacted by poverty, leading to improved attendance, behavior and academic success.