READY! FOR KINDERGARTEN
READY! for Kindergarten offers families targets, tools and training about their child's early learning years, birth to five years old. The parents' “tool kit” includes notebooks with poems, rhymes, finger plays; music CDs; activity books; alphabet shapes; mystery bags with letter shapes; white boards and tracing shapes; puzzles; game boards; puppets; books, etc. Trained instructors show parents ways to “Play with a Purpose” using these materials. Parents and caregivers are invited to attend a free, 90 minute class, three times a year fall, winter and spring. The goal of each READY! class is to provide participants lots of information, fun activities and materials to take home and enjoy with their child. READY! promotes the Reading Foundation's “read 20 minutes a day” message and encourages families to do one READY! activity a day for five minutes. Tell me more…
READY! honors parents as their child's most influential and most loved teacher. It is designed to narrow the achievement gap before kindergarten, since research shows that children who start ahead, stay ahead throughout their school years.
The national offices of The Children's Reading Foundation provides the materials, PowerPoint lesson plans and licensing agreement for local implementation. For information about bringing READY! to families in your area view our brochure, visit http://www.readyforkindergarten.org/ or contact Virginia Paine, READY! National Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TEAM READ TUTORING
The Children's Reading Foundation's Team Read program supports schools in giving students a strong reading foundation. Community members are invited to volunteer to read one-on-one for 30 minutes, twice a week with the same student. Tutors receive simple training before being paired with first-, second- or third-graders.
Team Read students generally do not qualify for other remedial programs but are reading below grade level. Teachers and reading specialists identify these children who are falling between the cracks. With the help of Team Read tutors, many children catch up to the rest of their class before the end of the school year. Students receive postcards from their tutors during the summer reminding them to read. Parents are informed about their child's Team Read involvement and invited to volunteer with the program.
Team Read is a low-cost, effective model that can boost students to grade level by third grade. Data show that with Team Read, nearly 70 percent of participants read at grade level by spring of third grade. Nearly 100 percent of participants read below grade level prior to Team Read intervention. Click here to visit the Team Read website.
For information about implementing a Team Read program, contact Monica Fiscalini, Team Read National Director at email@example.com