Early Grade Literacy Program

A child who cannot read by the 3rd grade is four times less likely to graduate from high school.

3rd grade is considered the pivotal milestone in a child's education. Children learn to read by the 3rd grade, and then read to learn for the rest of their lives. The Early Grade Reading Program is designed to develop literacy skills, improve silent reading fluence, and increase comprehension and vocabulary skills so that every child has the opportunity to succeed in school and life. United Way of the Inland Valleys partners with agencies to bring early grade literacy programs to children in Riverside, Perris, Murrieta, and Temecula.

United Way of the Inland Valleys created this early grade literacy program for Western Riverside County. This after school program provides students with access to computer based software designed to identify learning barriers and disabilities in children ages Pre-K to 5th grade. The program is tailored to the unique needs of each student to help them overcome personal barriers to reading fluency. In addition, the content difficulty and duration of activities are based on the student's response rate so that they are able to proceed at a pace that corresponds to their own reading skill level.

The program is currently offered in partnership with the Community Settlement Association of Riverside, and focuses its efforts on children identified to be most 'at risk'. Most of the children come from the neighborhoods where families are defined as low income; experiencing higher unemployment rates, and astounding school drop out rates. Over the course of the last 3 years, the Early Grade Reading Program has impacted more than 180 children giving them the opportunity and motivation to succeed in school.

If you are interested in becoming a collaborative partner on this initiative, please contact Cordell Thomas at cthomas@uwiv.org, or by calling (951) 697-4700.