Reading at grade level is one of the strongest predictors of later success, setting the foundation for future academic success. Children who are not reading at grade level by the end of third grade are shown to be at risk of falling further behind than their peers in all subject areas.
Our Early Literacy Initiative is designed to provide age-appropriate literacy programs for K-3rd grade girls to help them succeed, launching them on a path to academic, social and lifetime achievement. The goal of the program is to ensure young girls are meeting the third grade reading benchmark on time.
The Literacy Program currently serves K-3rd grade girls in our after-school program at the Girls Inc. of Carpinteria campus and kindergarten girls at Aliso Elementary School.
Our school-site outreach program is designed to support teachers and students, offering daily classes with literature being the focus of four session units. A collection of books featuring strong female characters, both fictional and biographical, are used as the catalyst for learning. Through literature, young girls can experience high quality readings paired with vocabulary and discussion designed to meet the Common Core standards for literature and use literary content to gain phonemic awareness, vocabulary, comprehension and fluency. The program will follow the progress of the students, tracking and reporting their improvements through DIBELS assessment data taken over the course of three years.
We are grateful Girls Inc. provides dedicated extended day instructional programming in our classrooms with our kindergarten students to further support our students’ language development, reading, and writing skills. We are confident this collaborative effort will positively impact our students’ learning now and in years to come.
– Aliso Elementary School principal Holly Minear
We’re excited to play a role in building a strong foundation for academic achievement and providing girls both in our program and within the Carpinteria Unified School District with the skills to unlock their fullest potential so that they can thrive.
For more information, please contact Gloria Flores at (805) 684-6364.