Read On Communities

Read On Flagstaff

Read On FlagstaffA Collaborative Literacy Project facilitated by the United Way of Northern Arizona. Read On Flagstaff reaches into communities to provide personalized services to families with children ages 0-5 who reside in the Sunnyside, Greenlaw and Southside neighborhoods. These neighborhoods have Flagstaff’s most racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse families, and the highest number of children challenged to read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade.


To boost the language and literacy development of young children and their families, Read On Flagstaff offers:

  1. Providing home-based coaching to families residing in Flagstaff’s Sunnyside, Greenlaw and Southside neighborhoods
  2. KinderCamp, a 4 week program designed to help children enter kindergarten, prepares students with the social and foundational academic skills they need to be successful on their first day of kindergarten.
  3. Enrollment into the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program, which provides one free book a month to participating children until the age of 5.
  4. Facilitation of a ”community of practice” comprised of childcare and literacy providers, teachers and others who work with young children, who want to increase their knowledge and skills in early literacy development through peer learning and sharing of effective practices.
  5. Provision of small quality improvement grants to unlicensed, informal home and center-based childcare providers in the three communities designated by Read On Flagstaff who are not eligible for other quality improvement grants.
  6. Building and supporting a collaborative that will promote community awareness, stimulate resources for additional literacy development strategies, and mobilize involvement in the national Campaign for Grade Level Reading.

Read On Flagstaff is much more than a program…it’s a collaborative effort involving many partners and participants who understand that they can move the needle if they each contribute their unique strengths. The UWNA deeply appreciates financial support from UWNA donors, the Helios Education Foundation, First Things First and the Flagstaff Community Foundation.

Collaborative Partners

  • Alliance for Children’s Early Success
  • Association for Supportive Childcare
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • City of Flagstaff
  • Coconino Coalition of Children and Youth
  • Coconino Community Education Report Advisory Committee
  • Coconino County Superintendent of Schools
  • Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library
  • Flagstaff Family Food Center
  • Flagstaff Unified School District
  • Native Americans for Community Action
  • North County Healthcare
  • Northern Arizona Council of Governments, Head Start
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Reach Out and Read
  • Sunnyside Neighborhood Association
  • Southside Neighborhood Associations
  • Coconino County of Superintendent of Schools