Our Work

How can we make sure that all of our children in the Lehigh Valley are reading on grade level by the end of third grade?

The answer is many things, with many moving parts and partners all working together toward this same goal. Powered by PBS39 and United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, our campaign is laser focused on five key areas:

 

Early Childhood Education

How does early childhood learning connect to third grade reading?


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Everyday Attendance

What happens to a child’s reading skills if they miss just 2 days of school each month?

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow.


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Summer Learning

What happens to a child’s reading skills over the summer months?

When school lets out for the summer, new challenges emerge for many children living in poverty. In addition to limitations on free or reduced breakfast and lunch, many children do not have access to learning opportunities that help them continue to build their reading skills. Children who do not participate in learning programs or enrichment opportunities such as field trips, camps, etc. over the summer can lose between two to three months of reading skills. This is called the "summer slide". 


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Community Schools

Have you ever been to a school where every child belongs and every child thrives?

Where families can find resources and supports to help ensure stability and success?  Our community school network is built to be just that and plays an integral role in ensuring our students are reading on grade level. 


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Talk Read Sing

Talk Read Sing

Talk Read Sing is a national awareness campaign that empowers families to be their baby’s first teacher by talking, reading and singing to them every day.
 
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Resiliency

Resiliency

Increasing youth resiliency through creating a trauma-informed and resilient community directly impacts a child’s educational journey. 
 
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