Website Privacy and Terms of Use Policies

The Children’s Reading Foundation (CRF) is committed to safe-guarding the privacy and security of its website users while promoting its mission and protecting its intellectual properties. CRF’s online sites comprise, but are not limited to, all pages found under http://www.readingfoundation.org/ and http://www.readyforkindergarten.org/.

Data Collection. The CRF may collect the internet protocol ("IP") address of users of its websites, aggregate information on what pages are accessed or visited, as well as such information as may be volunteered by the visitor (such as, account registrations). The information collected may be used to analyze trends, administer the site, track user’s movements and gather broad demographic information. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information. CRF will not sell or rent this information to third parties, and only share personally identifiable information with third parties when (i) the person submitting the information authorizes it, (ii) sharing the information is a necessary operation of the site, for instance, to process a credit card transaction, or (iii) it is required by law.

Registration. In order to have full access to the CRF websites, users may be asked to complete a registration form which requires certain contact information (i.e., name and email address) to be used solely to provide the services which they have expressed interest. In addition, users may be asked to provide, at the user’s option, certain demographic information or other unique identifiers, which will assist CRF in providing a more personalized experience on its websites. As well, Directors of Reading Foundation chapters and READY for Kindergarten™ programs are typically requested to add information for their local programs, such as event details, class registration and contact information.

Children's Privacy. The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which the CRF endorses, protects individually identifiable information about a child that is collected online, such as full name, home address, email address, telephone number or any other information that would allow someone to identify or contact the child.

Security Safeguard. The safety and security of each online experience is vital, and CRF uses Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology to protect credit card information as it is transmitted. SSL is the industry standard in Internet encryption technology. To protect against unauthorized access to passwords and computers, registered guests are urged to sign off when finished using a shared computer.

Use of Cookies. Non-personal information and data may be automatically collected by CRF websites through the use of "cookies”, which are small text files a website can use to recognize repeat visitors, facilitate the visitor's ongoing access to and use of the site, and allow a site to track usage behavior and compile aggregate data that will allow content improvements. Cookies are not programs that come onto a visitor's system and damage files.

Links to Other Websites and Services. The CRF sites may be linked to other sites and services that are not maintained by the CRF or READY! for Kindergarten, and CRF has no responsibility for the linked websites. These links are provided solely for the convenience and information of visitors.

Ownership and Restrictions on Materials. Unless otherwise noted, all materials, including logos, images, illustrations, designs, icons, photographs, text and data, and other words now or heretofore used in carrying out programs, which are contained on any CRF website (collectively, the "Contents") are the copyrights, trademarks, trade dress, and/or intellectual properties owned or controlled by the CRF, including the names: The Children’s Reading Foundation; READY! for Kindergarten; Read Up; and Cradle to College.

Visitors may view, copy, and print the Contents subject to the following conditions: (i) the material is used for noncommercial purposes only, (ii) all copyright and other proprietary notices are kept intact, (iii) there are no modifications to any materials, (iv) materials are not used in a manner that suggests an association with any of CRF products, services, or brands, and (v) quantities of materials are not downloaded to a database that can be used to avoid future downloads from the CRF websites. No right, title, or interest in any downloaded Contents or software is transferred as a result of any downloading or copying. Contents may not be reproduced (except as noted above), published, transmitted, distributed, displayed, modified, used to create derivative works from, sold or participated in any sale of, or exploited in any way, in whole or in part.

Disclaimer of Warranties. The materials in the CRF websites are provided "as is" and without warranties of any kind either expressed or implied. The CRF does not warrant that the functions contained in the material will be uninterrupted or error-free, that defects will be corrected, that the sites or the servers that makes them available are free of viruses or other harmful components, or make any representations regarding the use of or the result of the use of the material on the websites in terms of correctness, accuracy, reliability, or otherwise.

Limitation of Liability. Under no circumstances, including, but not limited to, negligence, shall the CRF be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, or consequential damages that result from the use of, or the inability to use, any CRF website or a site that is linked to a CRF website, even if the CRF has been advised of the possibility of such damages. In no event shall total liability of CRF for all damages, losses, and causes of action exceed the amount paid by the user, if any, for accessing CRF sites.


Policy Changes. By using the CRF websites, visitors accept the practices described in this policy. Future policy changes will be posted on CRF websites, however all personal information will be treated in accordance with the privacy notice in effect at the time the information is collected. The CRF reserves the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies, or omissions and to change or update information at any time without prior notice.

Approved by the Board: July 16, 2012