Why summer reading?

Literacy proficiency by the end of third grade is perhaps the single most essential educational milestone. Students who do not read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school than proficient readers, and a student who is low-income and cannot read at grade level by the end of third grade is 13 times less likely to graduate from high school with their peers.

Outside of the academic consequences, struggling readers are also far more likely to end up in the criminal justice system: at least a third of youth in juvenile correction facilities have a specific learning disability and 40 percent of state, federal, and local prisoners have not completed high school.

Effective literacy instruction, early identification of struggling literacy learners, summer reading programs, literacy promoting pre-K and full day kindergarten are just some ways to improve literacy proficiency.

This summer, Stand for Children Indiana will focus on summer reading by working with families to promote literacy techniques they can use at home to ensure students are reading at least 20 minutes a day.

For kids, this means:

  • Avoiding summer learning loss
  • Developing a love for reading
  • Finding books that relate to their life

Every Child Reads Summer Reading Challenge 2018

Every Child Reads is a family literacy program designed to help parents build at-home reading habits with their children by providing easy book access and personalized support.

All participating families will receive:

  • Invitation to a kickoff event where participants can get to know each other
  • Help in obtaining a library card
  • Personalized text messages offering tips, feedback, and support in reaching your reading goals of 20 minutes a day
  • Invitation to three workshops about the importance of reading
  • Invitation to our end of summer celebration event

Our goals

  • 400 students/families pledge to read 20 minutes a day for eight weeks
  • As a community, reading a total of 100,000 minutes this summer
  • Families create a sustainable routine for promoting literacy at home