What we’ve learned
From 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.
We found that strong ties with schools helped children access READy for the Grade
When we look at the gains children have made at the end of each summer, the tumultuous years of 2020 and 2021 revealed that the adaptability and perseverance of program staff, combined with some form of community support and family engagement, are perhaps more important than any other factors in determining the success of a READy for the Grade program. While our ideal is to serve more children, we no longer consider the number of children enrolled to be a success factor. If test scores are an indicator, then what’s more important in determining the overarching success of a RfG program is the quality of the engagement with those children and their families.
We continue to learn and evolve together and invite you to join us.
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.
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Thanks to the work of independent evaluator Anita Baker we have been able to understand the impact and document the outcomes of our program.