Tri-State leaders kicked off the regional Read On! Campaign for Early Grade-Level Reading Tuesday, a collaborative effort to increase youth literacy.
Organizers say early reading success is one of the most critical academic milestones for young children and a leading predictor of future academic success.
"What we want to do with the Read On! campaign is say, ‘hey, we're all in this together.' Let's focus on a few shared outcomes getting every child ready for school, ready for kindergarten when 90% of the brain is fully developed, and making sure every single child has everything they need to be reading successfully by the end of third grade," said The Strive Partnership Executive Director Greg Landsman. "If they are, they'll graduate statistically speaking. If they're not, they'll drop out."
In Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, dozens of leaders have joined The Strive Partnership and the Northern Kentucky Education Council to launch the annual campaign, which according to the campaign's website, spans throughout seven counties, two states, and 19 school districts.
In addition, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County offers several programs and events designed to promote literacy and learning for the entire family. Library representatives attended the kick-off Tuesday, providing attendees the chance to sign up for a library card.
The campaign targets five areas proven to impact third grade reading success, which are attendance, summer learning, kindergarten readiness, literacy intervention and family engagement.
The kick-off was held in the Cincinnati Museum Center's Rotunda room with campaign co-chairs Santa Ono, UC president, and C-Forward President Brent Cooper speaking at the event.
Visit the campaign's website for additional details: http://www.read-on.org/
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