More than 80% of low income children can’t read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade. This milestone is so important because 4th grade marks a shift in focus from learning to read to reading to learn. If children can’t read by then, they will rapidly fall further behind. Not reaching this milestone has a critical impact on a child’s life and our community.

Children raised in poverty hear over 30 million fewer words by age 4.

Students who can’t read by 3rd grade are 4x more likely to drop out.

Individuals who do not complete high school are significantly more likely to become incarcerated • teen parents • unemployed



Can Do

Reading proficiently by the end of the 3rd grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success.

Together, We Will

Close achievement gaps

Increase graduation rates

Disrupt the cycle of poverty


Become A

Read United


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