Read On Communities

Read On Tucson

Read On TucsonA collaborative literacy project facilitated by United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona’s third grade reading partnership, Read On Tucson works collectively with five local school districts, Tucson Unified School District (TUSD), Flowing Wells Unified School District (FWSD), Sunnyside Unified School District (SUSD) and Sahuarita School District, and Ajo School District to implement proven strategies to increase third grade reading scores.

Read on Tucson specifically targets children in preschool through third grade in twenty elementary schools with the goal that 85% of children in these schools will read at grade level by third grade by 2020.

Read On Tucson focuses on ameliorating the three main reasons children are not reading at grade level as defined by Annie E. Casey Foundation: the readiness gap, the attendance gap, and the summer slide (summer learning loss). Read On Tucson aligns strategies to decrease reading proficiency gaps: extended day for struggling readers, summer kindergarten readiness programs, public preschool instructional support, My Summer Library, Imagination Library, volunteer reading tutors, a school day attendance campaign, high quality early childhood education and K-3 out of school time programs, parent and public awareness for early literacy, and innovative opportunities. Such strategies bring in new ideas aligned with the goals of Read On Tucson, and expand the efforts of the initiative as the work moves forward.

Read On Tucson Partners:


  • Amphitheater Unified School District
  • Arizona Community Foundation
  • Children’s Action Alliance
  • City of Tucson Mayor’s Office
  • Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
  • Diamond Family Foundation
  • First Focus on Kids Coalition
  • First Things First
  • Flowing Wells School District
  • Helios Education Foundation
  • LeCroy & Milligan Associates, Inc
  • Literacy Connects
  • Make Way for Books
  • Ohio Children’s Foundation
  • Our Family Services
  • Pima Community College
  • Pima County Public Library
  • Pima County School Superintendent’s Office
  • Social Venture Partners Greater Tucson
  • Sunnyside Unified School District
  • The Stocker Foundation
  • Tucson Metro Chamber
  • Tucson Unified School District
  • University of Arizona College of Education
  • Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
  • Women Leading United