Read Charlotte is a ten-year (2015-2025) community initiative that unites families, educators and community partners to improve children’s literacy from birth through third grade. Our goal is to double the percentage of third graders reading on grade level from 39% in 2015 to 80% by 2025. If children can’t read well, they lose confidence, fail in school, and struggle in life.
Read Charlotte does not directly operate programs, but coordinates, integrates and aligns people, resources and data to improve children’s literacy, striving to help the entire system excel at moving children down the Reading Success Pathway and scaling what works across Mecklenburg County. We seek to increase the odds that children read proficiently by third grade by (1) stacking and aligning evidence-based interventions, (2) empowering families to support literacy at home, (3) coordinating local funding, (4) improving systems and (5) building school networks to move the needle at five critical leverage points:
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.