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read by 4th
District officials want to boost enrollment, and they support making kindergarten mandatory in Pennsylvania.
Volunteers take a block-by-block approach to connecting families across the city to resources they need to jumpstart their child’s reading skills.
Advocates and others say the city’s “Read by 4th” campaign and other efforts have built a strong foundation.
She applauds the city’s efforts and said they should be replicated around the country.
Citywide program works with families at home and in neighborhood libraries.
More than $600,000 of the total is going to groups in Philadelphia.
All kindergarten through 3rd-grade students will receive up to three free books every month through the nonprofit BookTrust, with a grant from the William Penn Foundation,
The group is bringing attention to a need for systematic teaching of phonics and language.
The program is an example of using everyday activities to promote literacy in young children.
The goal is to align systems and motivate families to stress early literacy. The city's program is a pioneer.
"People underestimate how complicated it is" to teach children how to read, a District official said. Yet it is a crucial job.
The District has partnered with the group to put 10 community ambassadors in six North Philadelphia elementary schools.