We’re helping kids read at grade level as early as possible so they will graduate from high school.
Our STAR READERS project is one program addressing this need head on. This program works with schools to locate K-3 students with significant reading challenges and helps them read at grade level by the time they take the STAR Test.
So far: 693 students served.
40% of STAR Readers are now reading at grade level.
Additionally, United Way is taking the lead on our local Campaign for Grade Level Reading. This collaborative effort, made up of funders, nonprofit partners and community members, is working to ensure more of our low-income children succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, careers and active citizenship. Imagine the collective impact we can have when everyone comes together to extinguish academic failure from the lives of our children.
Now more than ever, our community needs you, your energy, passion, and commitment. Let’s work together as first responders to meet our community’s greatest needs.
What is chronic absenteeism? Chronic absenteeism is defined as students missing out on school 10% or more of the school year. That is equivalent to 18 excused or unexcused days out of a 180-day school year, or two to three days out of the month. This is especially troublesome for children K-3rd grade.
Good attendance is critical for early literacy because every day a student is absent, it is more time out of classroom learning time and they fall behind in school. Young elementary students and children with risk factors, such as chronic health conditions, poverty, and children of color are especially vulnerable to falling behind in school due to poor attendance.
United Way became the lead convener of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading in 2014. The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a nationwide initiative dedicated to empowering young children to read at grade-level by the end of the third grade.
Research shows that proficiency in reading by the end of third grade enables students to shift from learning to read to reading to learn, and to master the more complex subject matter they encounter in the fourth grade curriculum.
For many low-income families, every dollar has to be stretched in order to put food on the table. Buying books for their children just may not be possible for some families. However, as studies show, nourishing children’s minds with literature greatly improves their performance in school. And there is no better place to start than at home.
On Wednesday, April 15th, United Way California Capital Region CEO, Stephanie R. M. Bray, testified before the Sentate Education Committee in support of California State Senator, Dr. Richard Pan’s proposed bill, SB 572.
Untied Way’s certified nonprofit funded partners are the integral forces creating change and bringing to life our vision of stronger and more compassionate communities through our education initiatives.