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Policy News: Arizona Invests in Accelerating Early Literacy

Read On Arizona applauds Governor Ducey and the Arizona legislature for prioritizing early literacy in the FY22 budget and legislation passed this month. SB1572 outlines significant steps for advancing early …

July 12, 2021

Arizona Announces Grant Awards to Improve Literacy for Underserved Children

The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) has selected 23 subgrantees for the $20 million federal Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant (CLSD) to improve reading skills for students most in need of additional supports. Continue reading

May 21, 2021


Read On Avondale, Read On Phoenix Recognized as Bright Spot Communities

Over the last year, the COVID-19 pandemic has shined a light on the many inequities surrounding early childhood education. In Maricopa County, hundreds of thousands of children were forced to transition to learning from home without the proper technology and resources to succeed. Fortunately, Read On Avondale and Read On Phoenix were there to help. Continue reading

May 12, 2021

Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Recognizes Bright Spot Communities

2 Read On Communities recognized as bright spots by Campaign For Grade-Level Reading for their response to the COVID crisis last year:
• Read On Phoenix: Exemplary effort to mitigate learning loss by closing the digital divide during COVID (City of Phoenix investment of $6M), building educator capacity by training 48 early learning educators on Pre-K LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling), Experience Corps Phx expanded virtual access to tutors at tarted school districts, and Mayor Gallegos did a Kinder enrollment PSA and launched a Mayor’s birthday book club.
• Read On Avondale: hosted virtual listening tours to better understand community needs during COVID, secured funding for community wifi so students continued to engage during remote learning, and are honoring teachers by hosting “Thank Your School Superhero Week: May 3-7”.
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April 29, 2021


‘Take a book, share a book’: Little Free Libraries helps put books in the hands of kids

Shanti Lerner Arizona Republic Published Apr. 21, 2021 Sometimes the biggest changes start with the smallest gestures. In the case of the Little Free Libraries, a nonprofit that seeks to promote …

April 21, 2021

Here’s how schools adjusted to life under COVID-19

This month marks an entire year since Arizona schools first closed their doors, and educational organizations are still trying to find their way through COVID-19 restrictions. Gov. Doug Ducey issued …

March 9, 2021


AZ included in the Bipartisan Policy Center Report

Thanks to Read On Arizona’s MapLIT data tools and collaborative approach to data integration, Arizona is included in the Bipartisan Policy Center Report—Child Care in 25 States: What We Know …

February 2, 2021

Giant giveaway: 16,000 free books for Tempe families

Generous grant supports schools, nonprofits, city programs More children and families in Tempe are able to read and learn together thanks to the distribution of 16,000 new free books to …

January 27, 2021




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