The Inspiration for Ballou STAY Next Generation Reading Program
According to the 2017 Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report, researchers have found that only about 40 percent of parents read aloud to their babies in the first three months. Although more families read aloud as children get older, only about 60 percent read aloud regularly (5-7 days a week) with their preschoolers (3-5 years old). By kindergarten, a third of children lack the basic skills, so they can learn to read. Without strong reading skills, many students will struggle academically at an early age and this only intensifies as students move on to secondary school. At Ballou STAY, we see these challenges on a daily basis. A ma- jority of our students who arrive to us under credit and overage acknowledge they dropped out because of difficulties with reading in elementary school.
We at Ballou STAY believe that by providing this next generation with access to a variety of children’s books, along with monthly reading opportunities for parents and their children, we can decrease the literacy gap for our school community.
For information about the Next Generation Reading Program or Ballou STAY Opportunity Academy, please visit https://www.balloustay.com/ or contact the program coordinators:
Stefanie Dreizen Instructional Coach, Literacy at Dreizen2@dc.gov Linda Litweiler, Social Worker at Litweiler@dc.gov.