Brantley, 6, pauses while reading a book in his Kentucky classroom. Brantley is part of Save the Children's emergent reader literacy program which provides training, tools and support schools need to accelerate reading growth for struggling readers. Photo credit: Ellery Lamm / Save the Children 2018.

Building Awareness In Your Community

Research tells us that kindergarten readiness and early literacy skills are critical indicators of a child’s long-term success in school. And children who don’t develop the skills needed to read at grade level by third grade are at serious risk of becoming a high school dropout. This is a challenge for schools, families AND communities, and we all should be part of the solution.

These resources provide the tools you need to build awareness about the importance of early literacy in your community, so everyone can understand what’s at stake and how to get involved!


Share information about Together, We Read and the importance of reading and language in a child’s early development.

Ready-to-print posters that highlight the importance of reading can be hung anywhere in your community.

Media Materials
Spread the word about Together, We Read in your community. Send to local print or online media outlets to promote your literacy-related events.

Videos & Documentary Films
Make a big impact on your audience at events and meetings by sharing powerful videos and documentaries highlighting the importance of early learning and literacy.

Ready-to-print bookmarks can be distributed around the community at events, libraries and local businesses.

Yandel, who is 4 years old, shows off his hands while working on his craft project during Save the Children's early childhood development program parent-child group, as part of the Early Steps for the School Success program. Photo credit: Susan Warrner / Save the Children 2014.

Social Media Posts
Ready-made social graphics about Together, We Read are available to use on the social media channel of your choice.

Liam and his teen mother, Michaela, at their home in Russellville, Ark., on April 27, 2017. Liam participates in Save the Children's Early Head Start program. Photo credit: Eli Murray / Save the Children 2017.

Information Card
Information cards provide tips on literacy and reading, which can be distributed around the community or in reading kits.

Key Messages & Talking Points
Use powerful data and message points to underscore how important early education and literacy programs are to a child’s long-term school success.


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