About Us

Our Vision

Read by 4th is a citywide campaign bringing together an ever growing coalition of partners working towards a shared vision that all children will be reading on grade level by the time they enter the 4th grade.

Why This Matters

By the start of the 2016-2017 school year, almost two thirds of children in Philadelphia entered the 4th grade unable to read at grade level. Fourth grade is the year when instruction shifts from learning to read to reading to learn. As a result, students who are not reading proficiently by the 4th grade may struggle in school and fall behind their peers.

Fortunately, research has shown that all children are capable of making great strides in their reading ability as long as they have support from adults inside and outside the classroom.

Through a comprehensive research review, Read by 4th believes the key levers to achieving grade level reading are: School Readiness, Daily Attendance, Quality Classroom Instruction, and Out-of-School Learning Experiences.

Based on these findings, we created Six Bold Ideas with the aim of transforming Philadelphia’s children into strong readers.  

Six Bold Ideas