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

Successes

  • 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

Successes

  • 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

Successes

  • 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 

 

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