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.

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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.

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.

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Make sure your child is in school.

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

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2016 Annual Report

As Read Charlotte shifts from the research and planning phase in 2016 to implementation in 2017, this annual report serves as a strategic roadmap guiding this work. It is possible to increase third-grade reading proficiency to 80% by 2025. We can do this.

Charlotte Education Facts

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


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


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