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What We Do

Read Charlotte is a community initiative that unites families, educators and community partners to improve children’s literacy from birth to third grade with a goal of doubling reading proficiency from 39% to 80%. Reading proficiency at third grade is a critical predictor of school, career and life success. Children who are not reading at grade level by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. 

Read Charlotte does not operate programs. We use research, data, funding and policy to integrate, coordinate and align the work of organizations across Charlotte-Mecklenburg to better serve children and families in our community. We all share a part in providing all children across our community a fair chance to learn to read well by third grade. Together we can help rewrite the future for the next generation of Charlotteans.

Our Four Pillars

Learn how Read Charlotte’s four pillars will help to reach a goal of achieving 80% third grade reading proficiency by 2025.

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Community Indicators

Learn how Read Charlotte uses eight research-based community indicators to track progress toward reaching a goal of achieving 80% third grade reading proficiency by 2025.

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Five Buckets

Learn how Read Charlotte research led then to find five practices backed by rigorous research proven to move the needle on one or more of our community indicators.

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Systems Change

Learn how Read Charlotte research led then to find that evidence-based programs alone will not allow them to reach a goal of 80% third grade reading proficiency by 2025.

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