United Way News
Did you know that students that will drop out of high school can typically be identified based on their third grade reading scores? Do you want to learn fun activities you can do at home to help improve your child’s literacy and increase their chances for success in life?
Nearly half the children entering Kindergarten lack the early reading skills needed for school success, according to The Condition of Education 2000‐2010 published by the U.S. Department of Education. According to the 2013 KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report, at the end of third grade just 62% of Weld County students scored proficiently or higher on the reading CSAP, and only 47% scored proficiently or higher on the writing CSAP.
Family Literacy Carnivals provide an opportunity for families to enjoy an evening of fun and food at their local elementary school, while learning about the importance of literacy and how parents can incorporate fun activities at home to improve their children’s skills and support their learning.
Family Literacy Carnivals can be hosted at any sponsoring organization including schools and businesses. United Way of Weld County works with the organization to plan and provide logistical coordination. Organizations help recruit volunteers, provide resources, and invite families.
At each Family Literacy Carnival, parents are given a survey with questions regarding what they learned, which booth was their favorite, what was the most important thing they heard, and what future topics would be of interest to them. These surveys guide the way future events are offered. Over 500 parents and children are impacted by each event.
Goal 1: Parents/caregivers are more aware of childhood learning styles and the importance of reading.
Goal 2: Parents/caregivers are provided skills and resources for teaching/engaging in reading at home.
Goal 3: Households are connected to community-wide resources and other families.