Oakland Reads 2020 - A New Chance for Oakland Youth

Solution - increase the number of children reading at grade level by the end of third grade.

Did you know that only 42% of Oakland children read at a third grade level by third grade?  Did you know that only 33% of Oakland's socio-economically disadvantaged children read at grade level by the end of third grade? Did you know, further, that the ability to read at grade level by the end of third grade is a prime indicator of a child's likelihood of graduating from high school? 

Oakland Reads 2020 is an initiative of the Oakland Literacy Coalition, a group of service providers who believe that Oakland can double the number of third graders reading at grade level by 2020. 

There are four pillars that support this initiative:

  1. School Readiness - Children are set up for success when they enter school prepared to learn
  2. School Attendance - Good school attendance maximizes learning and helps students stay on track
  3. Summer Reading - Engaging educational opportunities over the break prevent summer slide
  4. Parent Engagement - Parents are their children's first teachers and most important advocates

Do you want to learn how you can get involved, or are you interested in donating to Oakland Reads 2020? Contact them.  

This initiative is a city-wide effort. The steering committee members are Brian Rogers (CEO, Rogers Family Foundation), Janis Burger (CEO, First 5 Alameda County), Gerry Garzón (Library Director, Oakland Public Library), Jen Rainin (President, Kenneth Rainin Foundation), Kathy Schulz (Dean and Professor of Education, Mills College of Education), Janet Y. Spears (COO, East Bay Community Foundation), Junious Williams (CEO, Urban Strategies Council), and Rich Winfield (Executive Director, Bananas).





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