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Championing the Future Success of Children in Charlotte-Mecklenburg

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

WHO WE ARE

Try Active Reading

Reading with kids helps build their oral language, vocabulary and comprehension. Learn how to unlock the power of a picture book with the ABCs of active reading!

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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.

#CommitTo80

It’s up to all of us – at home, in a school, at work, or with a community group – to do what we can, where we can, to help children learn to read.

Are you ready to #CommitTo80?



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2017 Annual Report

Read Charlotte is a collaborative, community-wide movement dedicated to doubling the percentage of third-graders reading at grade level by 2025.





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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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Talk with your child as much as possible

and in the language in which you are comfortable. Explain how things work. Tell stories. Talk about the past and dream about the future.

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Seek “brain-building” activities

for your child because learning happens anytime, anywhere. Play games. Sing songs. Do puzzles. Tinker. Explore Charlotte.

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Read with your child at least 3 times a week.

This doesn’t have to be at bedtime. If you are not a strong reader, tell a story about the pictures in a book.

Make sure your child is in school.

Strive to miss less than 5 days of preschool or school each year.

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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.