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Championing the Future Success of Children in Charlotte-Mecklenburg

Read Charlotte is a community children’s reading initiative that unites families, educators and community partners to improve children’s literacy from birth to third grade.

WHO WE ARE

Reading Success Starts at Home

We strive to empower families with free tools and resources they can incorporate into their every day lives. 

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Open Books. Open Opportunity.

Learning to read is the most important work of students in elementary school. Working together we will double the percentage of third graders in Charlotte-Mecklenburg reading on grade level to 80% by 2025.

2018-2019 HELPS 1:1 TUTORING

Read Charlotte and the Helps Education Fund released results of a new tutoring initiative that launched in 10 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools elementary schools in 2018-19, which revealed staggering proof that the reading achievement gap in Mecklenburg County can be closed.





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#SummerReadingCLT

Reading over the summer is incredibly important for our kids. In fact, students who don’t keep reading over the summer can fall one or more months behind, while their classmates who continue reading move further ahead. Help your children stay on track while fostering a love of reading that will serve them well throughout their lives.


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Nominate a
Reading Hero

Read Charlotte recognizes ordinary people in Mecklenburg County doing extraordinary things to improve children’s language and literacy (birth through third grade). Nominate someone you believe is going above and beyond to see children succeed in reading. 



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GET INVOLVED

In order to achieve Read Charlotte’s bold goal of doubling the percentage of third graders reading on grade level from 39% to 80% by 2025, we need every member of the community to play their part. 

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Charlotte Education Facts
39%

The percent of third graders in Mecklenburg County in 2015 reading proficiently according to the NAEP.

85%

The percent of classwork that is reading-based in grades 4-12.

96%

The percent of students who graduate high school on time if they’re reading proficiently by third grade.