Literacy Lebanon - Raising Readers

Goal: 90% of third grade children will be reading at grade level by 2025.

Objective 

Did you know that approximately 1/3 of children in Lebanon County are below basic reading proficiency in grade 3? The ability to read by third grade is the single greatest indicator of school success. Reading is the most crucial academic skill because it is the foundation for learning. Children are learning to read through the third grade; then they must read to learn. A student not reading at grade level, by the end of third grade is four times more likely to drop out of high school. Add poverty into the mix, and that same student is six times more likely not to finish high school. When we connect families to literacy supports, we empower them to help their children thrive. If we can prepare all children to enter school ready to learn, keep them in school, increase access to books, and empower and educate families, we as a community are setting up our future generation for successful lives. This then translates into a thriving community for all, united we build our future. to learn. A student not reading at grade level, by the end of third grade is four times more likely to drop out of high school. Add poverty into the mix, and that same student is six times more likely not to finish high school. When we connect families to literacy supports, we empower them to help their children thrive. If we can prepare all children to enter school ready to learn, keep them in school, increase access to books, and empower and educate families, we as a community are setting up our future generation for successful lives. This then translates into a thriving community for all, united we build our future. 

Funding Priorities

United Way will be the lead agency facilitating this initiative. We will improve literacy within our community and develop future readers by working with local organizations to acheive the following goals: 

  • Increase number of children ready for school

  • Increase school attendance and parent engagement

  • Increase access to books and early literacy experiences

Focus Areas:

  • School Attendance
  • K-Readiness
  • K-3 Literacy

Strategies:

  • Increase coordination of resources to provide access to available resources to promote early learning
  • Get children and families from vulnerable populations connected to services earlier such as home visiting programs
  • Identify developmental delays early and get children connected to appropriate services
  • Address barriers to accessing high quality early learning opportunities for children
  • Educate and empower families to serve as child’s first teacher
  • Lead an attendance awareness campaign and implement strategies to increase attendance
  • Increase access to books and literacy experiences for all children throughout the county
  • Create and implement volunteer reading program to support the work of early learning providers and school districts
  • Strengthen partnerships between school districts, early learning providers, and community organizations
  • Increase quality in informal care environments to promote school readiness for all

Seeking to improve literacy in Lebanon County? Let us know! 

At United Way, we intend to achieve social systemic changes in our community through collective impact. WIth innovative ideas, more people and organizations working together, and a willingness to think outside of the box, we can affect change collaboratively within our community. 

 

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