Fact: 35% of U. S. children enter public schools at substantial risk for early academic hardship because they lack school readiness skills. If a child cannot read at a proficient first grade level by age 7, it is very unlikely that he or she ever will—children who start school behind typically stay behind.
Fact: Only 10% of these children have ever shown future proficiency.
Fact: The middle-income child has been read to an average of 1,200 hours before entering school, compared to only 25 hours for low-income children.
Fact: 26.6 %—nearly 17,000—of Colorado's third graders score below proficient on the state's reading assessment.
Fact: You can make a difference.
Making literacy a family affair has long been a goal of the volunteer members of the Junior League of Denver (JLD), but making reading fun is a key factor in a young learner’s success. Since 2000, JLD volunteers have teamed up with local schools to encourage reading while making it fun. Through this program, we help make life-long literacy a reality in the lives of thousands of children and families across Metro Denver. Read2Kids, which is free and open to the public, puts free books in the hands of children and encourages reading aloud with their families or teachers.
Not only is reading a vitally important family activity, it’s a vitally important life skill. One critical factor in determining a child’s school readiness is a child’s exposure to language and reading.
Since the Junior League started Read2Kids JLD members have volunteered thousands of hours and given away more than 10,000 books to children in the Metro Denver area. This year, JLD volunteers anticipate giving over 3,000 books to more than 1,250 children and families. In addition to receiving books, participants will have the opportunity to hear stories read by local celebrities, authors, and firefighters and participate in a variety of fun activities, such as face-painting and balloon making. There will also be plenty of refreshments and entertainment on hand, from a visit with Clifford the Big Red Dog to arts-and-crafts and exotic animals from the Denver Zoo.
To learn more about the Read2Kids community program, or the Junior League of Denver, please contact email@example.com.