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Sharing books and reading aloud to children from infancy builds the language skills and love for books and reading that helps prepare children for success in school and life.

Did you know that in the United States:

  • 1 in 5 children grows up in poverty
  • Nearly 63% of low-income children do not attend preschooli
  • 60% of children living in poverty have no books in their homeii

That means millions of children growing up in poverty in the U.S. enter kindergarten unprepared. And children who reach third grade not reading at grade level are more likely to drop out of high school.

Through Together, We Read, Save the Children and Rotary International are taking action together to raise awareness about early learning and to make early literacy and kindergarten readiness a central focus in your community. Together, we can improve learning outcomes and create lasting change for children. Here you’ll find all the tools and ideas you need to get started!

GETTING STARTED

Before launching Together, We Read, you will need to assess the state of early learning and literacy needs in your community and review Rotary and Save the Children’s child safeguarding policies.

Ada, Kellen and Easton look at books on the playground at Save the Children’s Head Start center in Russellville, Ark., on April 27, 2017. Save the Children brings its expertise in improving educational opportunities and outcomes for kids in underserved communities to its federally-funded Head Start and Early Head Start programs, which promote school readiness and social and emotional development for kids in low-income families. Photo credit: Eli Murray / Save the Children 2017.

Understanding Your Community's Needs
Find tools to help you understand the needs and assets of your community specific to early childhood education and literacy, so your club can effectively implement activations.
Download our assessment guide

Tennessee summerboost reading program. Photo credit: Save the Children 2016.

Child Safeguarding
Learn about your responsibility to ensure that all children reached through your projects are protected from deliberate or unintentional acts that lead to the risk of or actual harm of a child.
Save the Children's policy
Rotary International's policy

[i] U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey. Data Release. 2014.
[ii] https://www.savethechildren.org/content/dam/global/reports/education-and-child-protection/literacy-boost-13.pdf

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