Read 20’s Results (2016)
Read 20 closes the literacy gap in Hamilton County through:
• providing the data to guide the Chattanooga 2.0 discussions about early childhood education
• increasing access to literacy through reading since 2006 by :
º distributing of over 898,106 books worth $10,777,272 with an average retail value of $12
º Facilitated over 135,298 hours of read aloud activities for children and families including reading in additional in-home childcare sites
º Recruited 1,211 read aloud volunteers through Read 20 programs
º Since 2012, 4,977 students in Hamilton county being recognized for reading 1,000,000 words/academic year through the Probasco Readers Program
• building family engagements with literacy through reading by assisting parents, grandparents, and other family members to have access to the tools and commitment to read daily with their children.
• promoting early literacy and reading through training and coaching early childhood education professionals (those working with children from birth to kindergarten)
• supporting literacy and reading in schools with a disproportionate of low income students by providing techniques for reading aloud, donating books to classroom libraries, and school libraries and providing reading logs to elementary schools.
• building connections between early childhood and school age educators through the development and distribution of a guide for school readiness.
GOAL: TO PROMOTE EARLY CHILDHOOD LITERACY
- Distributed more than 898,106 books worth over $ 10,777,272 with an average retail of $12 per book.
- Coordinated community literacy efforts and activities in 28 neighborhoods
- Facilitated area elementary schools to include reading 20 minutes every day as part of each student’s homework assignment
- Developed Kindergarten Readiness Guide and Screening Tool being implemented in all Hamilton County public elementary schools (43)
GOAL: TO CREATE MEANINGFUL COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
- Provided comprehensive list of early literacy resources on our website
- Coordinated 1,584 opportunities outside schools for modeling read alouds
- Recruited 436 read aloud volunteers through Read 20 programs
- Developed 2,102 partnerships with area agencies, schools, and programs
GOAL: TO ACTIVATE READ 20 MESSAGE OF READING WITH CHILDREN AT LEAST 20 MINUTES A DAY
- Provided resources and training for 2,669 teachers in schools/child care centers
- Recognized 54,760 students reading on/above grade level in elementary schools
- Coordinated community literacy efforts and activities in 14 neighborhoods
Read 20 established national partnerships to buy children’s books enabling us to purchase them for as little as $.75 to $3.50 per book