When children begin school without a strong foundation, they are likely to fall behind. Literacy First makes sure that children in low-income communities read well by third grade so they are prepared to unlock their potential for the rest of their lives.
Our tutors work one-to-one with every student for 20-30 minutes daily, using research-based curriculum to develop skills that predict reading success – phonological awareness, letter knowledge, phonics and oral reading fluency.
Our tutors receive more than 50 hours of literacy training across the year. Literacy First supervisors who are experts in reading are onsite weekly to observe lessons, monitor student progress, and make adjustments to meet individual student needs.
Data drives our instruction. We assess all students at the beginning of the year to determine which ones are lagging behind on critical early literacy skills. We measure student progress weekly to ensure they are responding to the lessons and accelerating their reading skills. Students graduate from the program when they reach grade-level benchmarks. We measure their progress all year to make sure they maintain their gains.