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.

Challenging students to read during the holiday break

This winter, we are excited to introduce a fun new winter reading challenge. What better time is there to curl up with a good book during the holidays? Reading is also extra crucial during the winter because students can lose motivation and really start to fall behind around this time. We are working in over 10 schools with nearly 500 students with one main goal: to get more kids reading, more often.

This challenge is flexible in the sense that they can read their favorite types of books or use our digital library.

All they have to do is read for at least 20 minutes a day during their winter break and log it on their challenge worksheet. After the break, they will turn in their worksheets, and students who successfully completed the challenge will receive a certificate and pizza party! Personally, we don’t know any kids who aren’t motivated by the prospect of pizza.

Sound like a fun opportunity to inspire struggling readers to sharpen their skills? You can get involved!



Parent in the Trenches

My name is Albertina Sánchez and I’m from a small village called Turícuaro Michoacán, Mexico. I came to the United States with dreams of a better life.

Unfortunately, like many immigrants, I didn’t feel like I could speak up — especially when it came to my children's education. For some reason, I was afraid of what would happen.

That was until I joined Stand for Children Arizona a few years ago.

Through Stand’s workshops and leadership training, I’ve learned so much, from the importance of reading at home to how to ask tough and honest questions.

When my daughter, Kimberly, was struggling with reading, I was worried. I didn’t want her to fall behind. Like every parent experiences at some point, I felt helpless.

But then I started to ask some hard questions. How can I improve her reading? How can I work with her teacher? Why doesn’t she like reading?

Quickly, I implemented Stand for Children’s Every Child Reads at Home program and began scheduling 20 minutes of nightly reading. I saw a huge difference in her grades and attitude toward reading.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season, and thank you again for helping us make 2018 a successful year!

Rebecca, Stacey, Blythe, Martin, Liliana, Lisa and Montgomery
The Stand for Children Arizona Team
Stand for Children is a non-profit education advocacy organization focused on ensuring all students receive a high quality, relevant education, especially those whose boundless potential is overlooked and under-tapped because of their skin color, zip code, first language, or disability.

In order to fulfill our mission, Stand for Children, Inc., our 501(c)4 organization, performs all advocacy and lobbying activities while the Stand for Children Leadership Center, our 501(c)3 organization, manages our parent and family education and engagement programs as well as Stand’s public awareness campaigns.
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