What We Believe
We, the undersigned, believe we can and must do more to ensure a better future for all Philadelphia’s children.
We believe that reading at grade level by the start of 4th grade is a key developmental milestone—a crucial academic tipping point—that we must put within reach of all our children, not just the 40% of children who reach that benchmark today.
We believe the reasons that far too many of our children do not reach this milestone are many, interrelated and complex, neither the failing of any one institution or group, nor challenges that any one institution or group can solve in isolation. Rather, this goal can be achieved only if we come together as Philadelphians.
Which is why Read by 4th is a network of partners both traditional (educators, literacy specialists, youth program providers, etc.) and non-traditional (local chambers, neighborhood merchants, faith leaders, block captains, etc.).
What binds us all as parents and other loving grownups is the belief in our collective responsibility to give all our children their best shot at school and life success.
WE COMMIT to doing our part to advance Read by 4th’s overarching goal of doubling the number of Philadelphia school children reading at grade level by the start of the 4th grade—a waypoint to our eventual goal of improving educational outcomes for all our children.
WE COMMIT to support the broad-based, community-focused Read by 4th agenda of mutually supportive initiatives based on what research has shown to drive early literacy, including: increased school readiness, daily, on-time attendance, improved instructional strategies, and enhanced summer/out-of-school time learning.
WE COMMIT to spreading Read by 4th campaign’s central message that everyone has a role to play, proudly identifying and aligning our organization as a Read by 4th partner and actively seeking to grow the reach of our combined e orts.
WE COMMIT to actively seeking opportunities to advance one or more of the following 6 Bold Ideas (e.g., by directly providing these services, recruiting participants, documenting results and sharing information). Check all that apply.