OC Reads: Early Literacy in Orange County

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Nationally, 37% of children arrive in kindergarten without the skills necessary to begin their learning journey. Locally, more than 4,000 students drop out of high school each year; in most cases, due to a lifelong struggle in academic success.

As the first United Way on the west coast to rally our neighbors to Read Aloud, we want to help prepare our next generation to live happy, healthy, productive lives. We encourage you to take 15 minutes out of your day to read to a child in your life and help promote early grade literacy—the first step for our youth on the path to self-sufficiency.

Did you know...?

  • Parents are a child's first and most important teacher.
  • Reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent or caregiver can do to improve a child's readiness to read and learn.
  • By making 15 minutes of daily reading aloud the new standard, we will change the FACE of education in our community.

When you do so, you’ll be joining a nationwide movement of mentors all committed to helping children succeed in school—an important part of United Way’s larger localized campaign to improve academic success. We can make this happen…with your help.

Tools and Resources:
Why Read Aloud? (English)
Why Read Aloud? (Spanish)
Read Aloud Calendar
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Reading Tips (English)
Reading Tips (Spanish)
OC Reads Poster (English)
OC Reads Poster (Spanish)
OC Reads Bookmark
OC Reads Sticker (English)
OC Reads Sticker (Spanish)