THE EVOLUTION OF THE PROGRAM
READy for the Grade partners with public libraries because of the unique role they have in children’s lives. Libraries engage children in reading and related activities during the crucial preschool and elementary school years.
In many cases, libraries provide reading materials to children who lack access to books in their daily lives. While we established core elements of the READy for the Grade program, we empower each community library to adjust it to suit their unique needs. For example, Wallingford Public Library participated in READy for the Grade for 6 years and then developed its own self-funded version of the program.
Early Childhood Literacy Matters
Whether you seek to replicate our program in your community, study it academically, or simply gain a deeper understanding of issues surrounding early childhood literacy, we hope you will find the information on these pages helpful.
When Kids Achieve, We Succeed
NewAlliance Foundation launched READy for the Grade to address summer reading loss in children from low-income families. Our program focuses on helping children ages 5-8 maintain or achieve grade-level reading skills. These students can then enter school in September with the same literacy advantages as their peers from families with adequate-or-better-income.
What Makes Our Program Work?
After seven years in operation and two independent evaluations, we have identified seven key attributes for a successful READy for the Grade program.
What We’ve Learned
From dealing with staff turnover and unavailable transportation to discovering the most effective ways for sites to customize the program, some of our greatest challenges served as our greatest teachers.
ALL KIDS NEED TO READ, BUT MAY REQUIRE DIFFERENT APPROACHES
See READy for the Grade in action. Read how the program differed from site to site.