When Kids Achieve, We Succeed

Over the course of 7 years, READy for the Grade educated 1228 students and 89% of those children kept or improved their reading skills
On average, students attended 4 or more hours per week, and over 25 hours during the summer

At each site, children were urged to achieve, maintain, and even enhance key reading skills

We found that sites with strong ties to the public schools had higher rates of success.


Results improved on the easyCBM test, which measures reading skills. On average, students tested in 2019 gained 8.6 points between the start and end of the summer program, a statistically significant change

Reading Skills

A full 75% of children improved their reading skills over the course of the summer, according to the test scores, and 14% of students maintained their reading skills.

Test Scores

In total, 89% of students maintained or increased reading test scores in 2019.
Only 11% of children participating in READy for the Grade showed evidence of summer slide. Uneven attendance by some children contributed to their earning lower test scores.

In 2020, our community partners made heroic efforts to reach children and families. Despite limitations due to the challenges of distance learning, the unavailability of adequate technology in some homes, and storms that left some communities without power for several days, 88 children from six communities participated in READy for the Grade. 100% of parents surveyed reported that their children read more due to their participation in the program.

All Kids Need to Read

READy for the Grade serves a diverse population, with programs in rural, suburban, and urban communities. The challenges of living and learning with low income vary by setting. Click the site name for details.



New Haven



West Haven

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Location: 195 Church Street, 7th Floor
New Haven, Connecticut 06510

Telephone: (203) 859.6555

Email: mott@newalliancefoundation.org
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