Ready to Read: First Full Year of Implementation Shows Winning Results for Children and Teachers

By Liz Bertrand

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It was a cold February day in 2016 when Munro Richardson, newly appointed Executive Director of Read Charlotte, held a conference call with Child Care Resources Inc.’s President and CEO Janet Singerman and Chief Operating Officer Carolyn Hazeldine. Icy conditions had closed local schools, but it couldn’t stop the three from planting the seeds for a project with the potential to totally transform early childhood education in our community and beyond.

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They talked about barriers that made it difficult to assess children in child care settings, and Richardson knew these challenges needed to be prioritized as part of Read Charlotte’s community-wide effort to increase the percentage of third-graders reading on grade level by 2025. It would be essential to find ways to better support early education teachers with literacy training and provide families with tools to help more students arrive in kindergarten with the developmental skills needed to become successful readers.

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The kernel of an idea they planted that winter would grow over the course of months into a comprehensive business plan for Ready to Read, a three-year demonstration project to show the community what is possible if you combine data, literacy coaching, and an evidence-based literacy curriculum.

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And now those efforts are bearing their first fruits. Results from Year 2 (the first full school year of implementation) were recently released, and they exceeded expectations, showing meaningful positive outcomes for both students and adults.

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Read about the results in the full article from Read Charlotte here.