Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program Programs
Books for Kids
This program provides new books to children (three books per child per year) to read, share and cherish. Books are distributed through motivational events produced at each partner site to excite children about reading. This year, over 400 reading events at partner sites will be held as part of Page Ahead's books for kids program.
Page Ahead offers workshops and resources for low-income parents to help them support their children's reading efforts.
Narrowing the achievement gap by addressing summer slide is the goal of the summer reading program. Students in high poverty schools receive 12 new books of their choosing to take home to read over the summer. Keeping kids reading during out of school time is critical to maintain skill and increase reading fluency.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Page Ahead recently completed a two-year pilot study regarding summer reading. As a result, in 2012 we launched a new program, Book Up Summer, aimed at preventing the 'summer slide' that studies suggest accounts for up to 2/3 of the achievement gap experienced by low-income students. This summer (2013) will be year two of a three year commitment to 2,200 K-2 students in nine South Seattle schools who will choose and take home 12 new books to read over the summer. The program is based on a 2010 Dept of Education study that showed students made statistically significant gains in reading skill when provided easy access to books of their choosing to read over the summer break.
Page Ahead needs new children's books (particularly picture books) as well as funds to purchase books for Book Up Summer.