We couldn't have done it without YOU!
Thanks to your overwhelming outpouring of support, this year has been a successful one. We were able to empower more parents through meaningful workshops, enable more kids to begin reading on grade level, and continue to break down barriers between schools and families.
As the year ends, we want to simultaneously celebrate our successes and look forward to the future. We have exciting plans to continue our momentum and keep making a difference both at the legislature and in schools next year.
Unfortunately, we are still in the midst of a catastrophic reading crisis. Did you know that an alarming 56% of 3rd graders in Arizona still do not read at grade level? Worse yet, below average readers are 13 times less likely to graduate from high school with access to rewarding career opportunities. We created our Every Child Reads program to fill in the gaps and establish accountability between classroom instruction and daily in-home parent engagement with their child’s reading progress.
Because of the powerful impact this program had in Roosevelt, Alhambra, Mesa, and Murphy school districts, we are bringing this program to new districts in 2019. There, we’ll focus heavily on improving literacy, reducing chronic absenteeism, and supporting English Language Learners.
These local efforts, combined with our state policy agenda, form a powerful framework to grow academic success for kids.