Early Grade Reading


Development of the Early Grade Reading Outcome Team is underway. Mayor Lovely A. Warren is leading this team in addition to Patty Uttaro (Rochester Public Library Director), Danielle Lyman-Torres (Commissioner of Recreation & Youth Services), Henry Fitts, (Director for the Office of Innovation), and Karen Fahy (Executive Director of ELA Integrated Literacy). This group is tasked with ensuring students are reading on grade level and supporting students being developmentally on track by 3rd grade. With summer right around the corner, the team is looking at ways to better engage parents to help beat summer slide among students up to third grade.

Summer slide is most prevalent among those from low-income families who lose some of the achievement gains made during the previous school year. Children in low-income households fall behind an average of 2 months in reading during the summer. And, summer slide is cumulative, with these learning losses building up each summer. ReadyRosie, an early education tool that helps families, schools, and communities across the nation deepen and scale their family engagement efforts, has developed 10 playlists of curated videos through their SummerSoar program to give families relevant ideas, games, and activities to keep their child engaged throughout the summer.

Preventing summer slide is most effective when community organizations—including schools, public libraries, community centers, parent groups, social service agencies, and others—work together to encourage kids to read, make reading fun, and to reach families about the importance of reading over the summer.

This summer we will be piloting ReadyRosie SummerSoar at City Recreation and public library drop in sites to help build parent engagement and ensure kids improve or maintain their reading level. For more on SummerSoar visit https://www.readyrosie.com/en/summer-soar/